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Floral Designer
Floral designers, or florists, cut live, dried, or silk flowers and other greenery and arrange them into displays of various sizes and shapes.
The Job
Most floral designers work in small independent floral shops that specialize in custom orders and also handle large orders for weddings, caterers, or interior designers. Floral designers may meet with customers to discuss the arrangement or work from a written order.
Work Environment
Most floral designers work in comfortable and well-lit spaces in retail outlets or at home, although working outdoors sometimes is required.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Floral design is the only design occupation that does not require formal postsecondary training; most floral designers learn their skills on the job.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Floral designers must be creative, service oriented, and able to communicate their ideas visually and verbally.
Quick Facts
  • Despite the projected decline in employment, job opportunities should be good because of relatively high replacement needs.
  • Floral design is the only design specialty that does not require formal postsecondary training.
  • Many floral designers work long hours on weekends and holidays, filling orders and setting up decorations for weddings and other events.
  • About one-third are self-employed.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages for wage and salary floral designers were $23,230 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $18,690 and $29,330. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,210, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $35,010. Median annual wages were $25,160 in grocery stores and $22,710 in florists.
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