Use your mix of creative skills and practical horticultural techniques to find work in areas ranging from public parks and gardens to landscape architecture and urban design
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Amenity horticulturist
- Commercial horticulturist
- Horticultural consultant
- Horticultural therapist
- Landscape architect
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental education officer
- Field trials officer
- Interior and spatial designer
- Nature conservation officer
- Planning and development surveyor
- Plant breeder/geneticist
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Try to make use of any placement opportunities your university offers within the landscape and garden design sector. Some universities offer an optional placement year abroad and some encourage students to enter student design competitions, which provide the opportunity to work on show gardens at high-profile events.
Part-time work and/or voluntary work is also useful. While many such opportunities help you develop important employability skills such as team work and communication, try to get experience relevant to landscape and garden design, such as working as a landscape assistant. Opportunities exist with charitable organisations, as well as with commercial nurseries, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens, parks, local community organisations and garden centres.
Membership of organisations such as the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) or the Landscape Institute is also useful for building up a network of contacts who may be able to advise on work experience opportunities or setting up your own business.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
You could work for:
- local authorities
- plant nurseries
- garden centres
- publicly and privately owned gardens
- commercial landscaping companies
- private landscape architectural practices and consultancies
- government advisory and heritage agencies.
Opportunities also exist with voluntary organisations, public sector bodies such as the Forestry Commission, and large engineering and construction firms.
Some graduates go on to set up their own gardening, landscape design or landscape architecture business. After developing your expertise and building a reputation, you may choose to be employed or self-employed as a consultant.
Skills for your CV
Studying landscape and garden design provides you with a mix of creative skills and practical horticultural techniques that underpin garden design.
You gain knowledge of plants, site analysis and surveying, and garden design, as well as an understanding of the theories behind landscape architecture, garden history and conservation. You also gain business and management skills to help you set up and run your own business.
In addition, you acquire a range of skills that are useful in many job sectors. These include:
- practical knowledge of construction and project management
- media skills, both digital and non-digital methods, used to develop and express ideas
- skills in computer-aided design and graphic design
- problem-solving skills
- communication skills, through written, verbal and visual means to discuss theories, ideas, findings and solutions
- presentation skills, in particular presenting ideas and visions to clients
- self-management, with the ability to manage your time and to carry out personal reflection
- team work, being carried out to achieve a common goal
- attention to detail
- IT skills in data handling, research and presentation of solutions.
Some landscape and garden design graduates go on to study landscape architecture at postgraduate level, undertaking a postgraduate diploma or MA Landscape Architecture accredited by the Landscape Institute, the chartered body for the landscape profession in the UK.
Others choose to undertake further study in areas such as landscape management or garden and landscape design, and other more specialist courses, such as landscape ecology, land reclamation and restoration, and urban design. A business course could be useful if you intend to start your own company.
What do landscape and garden design graduates do?
More than half of landscape and garden design graduates in employment in the UK six months after graduation are working as landscape architects/designers. Gardener and landscape gardener are other popular areas of work.
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Gardeners and landscape gardeners||14.4|
|Technicians and other professionals||9.4|
|Retail, catering and bar work||6.8|
|Working and studying||4.9|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.