Generally speaking, a landscaper needs to have a keen interest for imagining and creating scenery. Someone who is interested in planting and maintaining a wide variety of trees and other plants might be well-suited to a career in landscaping. A talent for design and an eye for detail will also be helpful. Landscaping is a career that can be physically demanding as well.

Not all landscapers are business owners, but many are, and managing a small business is another specialty entirely. Frequently, someone interested in becoming a landscaper will work as an apprentice to an established landscaping expert, learning the ropes before striking out on their own.

A degree in business, landscape architecture, or horticulture can all help start you down the right path, but ultimately, a successful worker will need to develop skills by watching, learning and doing. This is a business where practical experience and know-how can be more important than a piece of paper from a university, at least up to a certain point. In the United States, licensing requirements differ from state to state for working on sprinkler systems, but frequently certification is a requirement for that particular specialty.

What are Landscapers like?


Based on our pool of users, landscapers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Landscapers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1667 Sokanu users

Are Landscapers happy?


Landscapers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 32nd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Landscaper Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Landscapers

The most common degree held by landscapers is Psychology. 1% of landscapers had a degree in psychology before becoming landscapers. That is over 0 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among landscapers, representing 1% of landscapers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.2 times the average.

Landscaper Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Landscaper, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of landscapers % of population Multiple
Psychology 1.4% 6.8% 0.2×
Business Management And Administration 1.4% 6.5% 0.2×
Environmental Science 1.3% 1.1% 1.2×
Biology 1.3% 3.5% 0.4×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.8% 0.7×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.3% 1.6% 0.8×
Fine Arts 1.1% 1.9% 0.6×
Communications 1.1% 3.3% 0.3×

Landscaper Education Levels

66% of landscapers have an associate's degree. 31% of landscapers have a bachelor's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 3%
Associate's degree 66%
Bachelor's degree 31%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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