55 Non Desk Jobs feature: Landscaper

After getting some great feedback on our 55 Non-Desk Jobs post, we’ve decided to tackle individual jobs from the list and provide further detail on what that job and its industry entail.  Stay tuned as we continue down the list of exciting jobs that don’t require a desk!


Simply put, a landscaper betters the health, functionality and aesthetic of an outdoors area. This property may be owned by an individual, a company or the government.

Work Environment
The majority of Landscaping jobs take place outdoors. Being outside in the fresh air while everyone else is cooped up in their offices and cubicles? Heck yeah! As a landscaper, you may be expected to work in a backyard, park, shopping center or college campus among many other possible settings.

Be aware that, due to very hot working conditions during the summer, it is also helpful to know about the signs of heat stroke, wear protective covering (such as hat), wear sunscreen, and get regular check-ups from your doctor. Those with fair skin or a history of skin cancer should keep this in mind and act accordingly.

A B.A. and experience in the area (an internship will usually suffice) is typically encouraged for these positions.
As well, Landscapers must have knowledge of government regulations, licensing and guidelines. Often permits are required for working within certain types of environments (for example, land that is currently under construction), so be sure to research your individual state and county.

Many landscapers take an environmental angle to their work—one that is popular, helpful and progressive. Being aware of ecological techniques and the process of creating a sustainable environment has generally become a standard requirement.

Various types
Landscaper: This position (or Landscape Contractor) usually maintains the look and health of a lawn. Clipping, trimming, mowing, etc.

Landscape Architect: This position, Landscape Constructor, installs the necessary pieces to an area to beautify or make it more functional. Planting, adding lighting features, laying down concrete.

Landscape Designer: This position has the greatest responsibility by creating and designing the space that is being worked on.

In short, a Designer creates the blueprint, the Architect does installation and the Landscaper does maintenance.

The average salary for a Landscaper, according to Indeed.com, is approximately $24,000, whereas the salary for a Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect can pay double that or more.

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