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.

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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