Landscape Gardener

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Job Prospects
Openings 5 years to 2016-17: 10 000 < 25 000
Salary Range
Median weekly earnings: $801 to 950 (Source: DEEWR Australian Jobs 2012:
Landscape gardeners combine their artistic, scientific and engineering knowledge to enhance our surroundings.

There are approximately 5,300 landscape gardeners working in South Australia. Employment is mostly full-time with the majority working in the Personal and Other Services and the Construction industries. Most persons in this occupation are males with the main age group between 35-44 years.

TAFE SA courses that may be relevant for: Landscape Gardener

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  • From relaxing family picnic sites, to the recent transformation of a wasteland site into the Homebush Olympics Stadium in Sydney, the work of the landscape architect is evident all around us. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that our surroundings, whether they are natural or built, are properly designed, planned and managed for a better quality of living.

    Artistic and CreativePractical and Manual

  • There are 25% of landscape gardeners who have Certificate III or Certificate IV, 9% have Certificate I or Certificate II, 9% have Advanced Diplomas or Diplomas and 5% have Bachelor Degrees. While 49% have no post school qualifications it is recommended that you gain the available qualifications to have the best possible chance of employment.

    TAFE SA offers courses relevant to this occupation including the Diploma of Horticulture and Diploma of Landscape Design. Pathways include the Certificate II, III and IV in Horticulture and Certificate IV in Landscape Construction.

    SA Apprenticeships are available in this occupation for further information go to the Traineeship & Apprenticeship Services Website at or phone the Freecall number 1800 673 097.

  • Employment in this area includes working for other landscape architects, large architectural practices, engineers, town planners or with local and State government agencies. Some large developers and mining companies also employ their own landscape architects. There is also the possibility of setting up your own practice. However a reasonable level of experience and extensive business skills are essential if you're going out on your own. The level of demand for landscape architects is really related to the level of building activity. Numbers in this occupation are relatively small, job turnover is not high and there is strong competition for vacancies.

  • From the early stages of design through to the construction stage of a project, the role of a landscape architect involves careful and thorough planning. First they consult with the client, be they local councils, company managers or residents, to understand their needs clearly. They then study the proposed building site, checking for soil type, land stability, prevailing winds, existing buildings and other considerations that are factored into their design. Plans and designs are drawn using computer packages or sketched, using drafting tools. After construction costs are calculated, contractors or construction teams are selected. Once construction gets underway, landscape architects guide the process and provide periodical progress reports to their clients.

  • A keen sense of imagination and creativity and an interest in art, design, science and the external environment are essential prerequisites for success in this job. ''Landscape architecture is essentially a creative field which provides a high level of job satisfaction when you see your ideas taking shape on the ground,'' says a landscape architect and former President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Because they frequently work alongside allied professionals such as architects, engineers and surveyors, landscape architects also need good communication skills and some appreciation of the requirements of their fellow professionals.

  • Landscape gardeners design and construct garden landscapes or renovate existing gardens. They use a wide range of gardening skills to create a landscape that is pleasing to look at as well as functional. Sites include private gardens, public parks and reserves, indoor facilities and newly developed housing estates and industrial complexes. They may also construct fences, trellises, pergolas, ponds, ferneries, barbecues, play structures and garden furniture.

    Needless to say, there is a great scope for diversity in this job regarding what area of specialty you wish to pursue. Design projects can range from inner city plazas to national parks or golf course resorts.

    For further information, contact:

    Nursery and Garden Industry of SA Inc
    505 Fullarton Rd Netherby SA 5062
    Ph: (08) 8372 6822
    Fax: (08) 8372 6833
    Internet Address:

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