Floral Careers

April 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM (1)

The following is information summarized from the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding the Floral designer profession

About 1/3 of floral designers are self-employed and despite declining rates, the high replacement rate leaves demand for other floral designers. Most floral designers work in independent stores and make custom arrangements for weddings, funerals, and other formal or professional events. Pre-made arrangements are also made for walk-in customers and cut flowers are for sale. A floral designer will

Consult with a client to meet their needs. They will help the client choose a color scheme, design theme, and will often deliver the flowers to the event.

Wholesale florists select species of flowers to sell to their own corporate stores. They will also make arrangements to present to the individual florists, creating a blue print for the design.

Independent florists must also run their own business, which includes selecting flowers and making their own design patterns. They must also hire and supervise staff and deal with all the financial and managerial concerns of running a business.

All florists will interact with customers and most will provide delivery services. Although they may hire someone to make the deliveries or run the shop, the designer must still consult with the clients.

Becoming a floral designer does not require any formal education, but vocational schools provide the information necessary to run a store and make arrangements. As with any art, skill is also a factor.

The American Institute of Floral Designers offers accreditation, this is not necessary, but is a mark of professionalism and skill.

Most floral designers begin by working at a floral shop and working up. This allows the person to understand the inner workings of a business and it’s realities, something hard to capture in a trade school.

The median wage for florists is $21,700


Greenhouse operators

Greenhouse operators perform duties ranging from propagating plants to preparing media for new seedlings. They also quarantine and care for sick plants. Most greenhouse operators are required to have a degree in horticulture or floriculture and internships will provide necessary experience. The ability to manage staff and operate up-to-date computer systems is beneficial. An in depth knowledge of plants is necessary and the operator must know how to collect data and write reports. Greenhouse operators most work with other greenhouse attendants and they work with hazardous chemicals.



Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2007, December 17). Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved April 1, 2009, from Floral designers: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos292.htm

Gardens, T. B. (n.d.). Retrieved from





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