- Florists earn an average of $23,230 per year
- Floral design is one of the only creative jobs that requires no formal training
- Most florists work weekends and holidays
What do florists do?
Are you looking for a work environment that's cheerful, encourages creativity and smells fantastic? Florists enjoy one of the only design jobs that don't have to come wrapped up with a college degree or additional training. Floral designers use their talents to create beautiful flower arrangements and help their customers select gifts.
Of course, being a florist isn't always a bed of roses. You'll need to lift heavy containers when sorting stock and avoid cutting yourself on the many sharp tools of the trade (and sometimes the flowers!), all while serving your customers. Customer service is a big part of the floral industry; floral designers are present for some of the most important moments in people's lives. In addition to creative flair, you'll need to have a gift for empathizing with others, whether they are a bubbly bride, nervous date or grieving family member.
How much do florists make?
Floral designers earn around $11 per hour. Florists employed by flower shops typically earn slightly less than those working at grocery stores or floral outlets. Additional training, location and employer can all have an impact on the hourly wages earned by florists.
What are the education requirements?
Floral designers in seasonal, entry-level positions (like arrangement assembly) do not require experience or formal education. Employers looking to hire a full-time florist will usually look for high school graduates with talent and enthusiasm for working with flowers. Want to improve your design abilities to prepare for a job in floral design? Taking high school art classes or community center art programs can help with the basics. Private floral schools and trade schools are available to floral designers who want to pursue certification.
Career paths for florists
Career growth is limited; most florists work for several years and either advance onto supervisor positions or open their own shop. Floral designers who are interested in opening their own shop often seek certification from trade schools, and classes in business administration may also be useful. Independent florists should also consider training in event management; more floral shops are offering event coordination services to compete with the lower prices offered by floral wholesale businesses.
The future of florists
The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) expects demand for florists to decline slowly (by 3 percent) from 2008 to 2018. Job opportunities should still be good for new floral designers as current florists pursue other professions. Grocery stores, internet florists and other discount florists are becoming more popular and are likely to have more available positions.
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