What Can I Do With My Landscape & Environmental Design Major?

Landscape and Environmental Design

The Landscape and Environmental Design Program at NHTI is for students interested in pursuing an education and/or careers related to the natural environment such as forestry, landscape management and design, wetland science, landscape architecture, urban planning, environmental technology or environmental conservation.  The curriculum combines coursework in natural sciences, technology and design which provides students with a core foundation of education and skills needed to launch their career in an environmental field.  In addition, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the natural environment and its relationship to the designed built environment through required coursework and practical experience.

Landscape and Environmental Design is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations.  STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time.  Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more, than their counterparts with similar levels of education.

Visit NHTI’s Landscape and Environmental Design Department for information on degree and course offerings.

Career Paths for This Major

When you graduate with this major, you will have varied career or educational options that will depend upon your interests, abilities, and goals.

Along with landscape design as a possible focus, students can choose to head towards a variety of careers including those listed below under ‘Sample Career Titles’.  An advanced degree would be required for those desiring a career in landscape architecture.  Advanced studies, at the bachelor’s level and beyond, can support students with further career development efforts.


Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Sensitivity to the natural environment
  • Understanding of the natural biological systems
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems in terms of design and physical form
  • Technical competence to translate a design into a built work
  • Ability to effectively communicate design ideas and critically describe the physical and cultural environment
  • Understanding and ability to utilize technology critical to careers in the environmental field

Sample Career Titles with This Degree

  • Landscape Construction
  • Landscape Design
  • Grounds Management

Sample possibilities with advanced degrees (4-year college degree and beyond):

  • Landscape Architect
  • Regional/Urban Planner
  • City/Town Planner
  • Forester
  • Wetland Scientist


Sample Employers

  • Landscape Design/Build Company
  • Landscape Construction Company
  • State Government and Local Municipalities
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Golf Course Facility
  • Nursery and Garden Centers
  • Environmental Consulting Firms

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests … through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Landscape and Environmental Design Department resources
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)


How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations.  You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member. 

Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).


Liaquat Khan, D.A.
Landscape & Environmental Design Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4221

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

Academic Advising
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4021
Fax: (603) 223-0785