Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association
on 14 March 2016
Could landscaping be your calling? Do you relish the chance to get your hands dirty and work outdoors while still enjoying the opportunity to engage your brain and creativity? Then why not consider becoming a landscaping apprentice, landscape architect or designer?!
Landscaping is a multifaceted industry with different sectors to suit different types of professionals, including architecture and design, landscape project management, horticulture and landscape contracting.
Australia desperately needs more trades people, and nowhere more than in landscaping and horticulture. With the recent rush for university degrees, a skills shortage has developed in many of the trade sectors. The Australian Government has recognised this shortage and a real opportunity exists for individuals wanting to join the landscape industry with the Federal Government subsidising the costs of courses for new landscape professionals.
Somewhere around 30 years ago, people were brainwashed into believing that going to University was the only way to be successful. Right? Wrong! University isn't for everyone and it's time Australia again recognised and embraced trades and the professional, satisfying and well-paid career paths that these vocations can offer.
Horticultural education has dropped to its lowest apprentice numbers in history while ironically the demand for skilled gardeners and suitably qualified landscapers and nursery staff has never been higher. In fact, it is estimated as Australia's second most popular hobby with over 6 million devotees spending billions of dollars annually on their hobby!
Becoming a landscaper is a rewarding career and those joining the sector will find that their skills are highly sought after. Landscaping and horticulture are multibillion dollar industries in Australia and the opportunities are endless.
With ever increasing urbanisation, green infrastructure is becoming an essential part of developing our cities, contributing not only to the enjoyment of urban spaces but directly impacting on the liveability of our cities. Landscapers have a pivotal role to play in maintaining and improving the quality of living for residents through the design and implementation of infrastructure such as green roofs, vertical gardens and restoring indigenous vegetation corridors. These types of modern, cutting edge techniques for greening our cities are vital for the health of our environment and directly affect issues such as water quality, air pollution and heat island effect.
So, why do landscapers enjoy their jobs so much? In speaking to passionate, professional landscapers it seems the list of reasons is endless. Some say they love the variety, no two days are the same, there is always something new to learn and never a dull moment (unlike many office jobs!). Others say they enjoy the chance to bring maths, science and art together to create beautiful environments both for private and public spaces. Yet others love developing ground-breaking, iconic spaces that enhance their cities and impact the quality of life for those around them. They love making people feel good.
We're under no illusions, you don't embark on a career in landscaping and horticulture for the easy life. Not only can some positions involve hard physical work, but you have the added challenges of ground conditions and weather elements to battle on a daily basis. But, the rewards are immense and the opportunities are plentiful.
So, roll up your sleeves, dig down deep and rise to the landscaping challenge today. Our members are on the hunt for landscape apprentices, landscape project managers, designers, architects, horticulturalists and workers right now. Are you up for the challenge? Find out more at here www.landscapenswact.com.au