Floral Designers

Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

Median Annual Wage: $24,750

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (76%); Some college, no degree (11%); Bachelor's degree (8%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Designer; Floral Designer; Florist; Flower Shop Laborer/Designer; Floral Artist; Design Manager; Floral Clerk; Floral Department Specialist; Floral Manager; Wedding Decorator

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Floral Designers.

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  • Select flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to synthesize and develop new creations.
  • Order and purchase flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.
  • Deliver arrangements to customers, or oversee employees responsible for deliveries.
  • Plan arrangement according to client's requirements, utilizing knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern.
  • Water plants, and cut, condition, and clean flowers and foliage for storage.
  • Trim material and arrange bouquets, wreaths, terrariums, and other items using trimmers, shapers, wire, pins, floral tape, foam, and other materials.
  • Wrap and price completed arrangements.
  • Perform office and retail service duties such as keeping financial records, serving customers, answering telephones, selling giftware items and receiving payment.
  • Unpack stock as it comes into the shop.
  • Create and change in-store and window displays, designs, and looks to enhance a shop's image.
  • Inform customers about the care, maintenance, and handling of various flowers and foliage, indoor plants, and other items.
  • Perform general cleaning duties in the store to ensure the shop is clean and tidy.
  • Decorate or supervise the decoration of buildings, halls, churches, or other facilities for parties, weddings and other occasions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Floral Designers.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Floral Designers.

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