Florists, or floral designers, arrange live or cut flowers, potted plants, foliage, or other decorative items according to basic design principles to make eye-pleasing creations. Designers make such arrangements for birthdays, weddings, funerals, or other occasions. They are employed by local flower shops or larger national chains, grocery stores, or established at-home businesses. There are over 46,490 floral design workers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Floral Designers
Duties Arrange live or cut flowers, potted plants, foliage, or other decorative items to make attractive creations
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business
Experience One to two years as an assistant florist
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Drawing/Design
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Chief Floral Designer, Supervisor, or Business Owner
  • Florist
  • Assistant Designer

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