Master of Landscape Architecture Career Outlook

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Demand for trained landscape architects is high and growing in Arizona and the nation.

Once you graduate with your MLA degree, you can expect to work with allied professionals including architects, ecologists and biologists, historians and anthropologists, civil and structural engineers and urban planners.

Graduates can design public and private outdoor places but may also specialize in:

  • Green Infrastructure and landscape performance
  • Urban planning
  • Natural and cultural resource conservation and management
  • Design implementation and construction management
  • Applied design research
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Significant Projected Demand for Careers in Landscape Architecture

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14.7 percent increase in the state of Arizona of landscape architects by 2026, more than twice the national average. Despite this growing demand, there is a shortage of qualified graduates entering the profession.

Internships and Career Prep

Students are encouraged to participate in internships and externships. MLA professional practice and communications courses, plus CAPLA’s interactive Job Interview Fair, further ensure students are ready when they get the call.

Connect with Professionals in the Community

As an MLA student you’ll also tap into the diverse professional, entrepreneurial and technological resources available in our community. For example, studios engage with licensed landscape architects and industry leaders to work collaboratively on real-world projects that shape our local built environment.

Active professional organizations at the national and local level help you form connections with practitioners. You’ll have the opportunity to meet professionals at regular AzASLA Southern Chapter luncheons and the annual AzASLA Awards Gala. Many students also attend the ASLA National Conference.

Extracurricular experiences offer even more chances to engage. First-year students tour firms and meet with landscape architects on a faculty led field trip to California. Each spring, the ASLA student chapter organizes a “shadow day,” where students spend the day alongside professionals in local landscape architecture firms and public agencies. Many local professionals are CAPLA alumni.

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