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

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