Floral Designer Job Description
Floral designers (also called florists) create decorative displays using dried, live, and silk flowers. They must be knowledgeable about flowers, and be able to assist customers with the selection and care of their arrangements. Additional responsibilities for floral designer jobs include:
- Listening to a customer’s needs, and designing floral arrangements that meet both their design specifications and budget.
- Anticipating customer demand and purchasing the required amount of flowers from wholesalers.
- Scheduling arrangements for delivery when required by the client.
- Caring for flowers and plants, and maintaining the optimum conditions for their care.
Work Environment and Schedule
Most floral designers work in the retail industry, either in florist shops or in the floral department of other businesses like grocery stores. They must be able to handle both walk-in business, as well as orders placed over the phone or on the internet. Overall, floral designers are able to maintain pretty consistent working hours. Florists are rarely open at night, though weekend work is normally required. The holidays (such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas) can provide some opportunities for overtime and seasonal work.
How to Become a Floral Designer
Most floral designers learn their skills through on the job training, though they continue to improve upon them over time. Training usually begins with the preparation of simple floral arrangements, education on types of flowers, and the proper care of plants and flowers. Most florists have a high school education, and there is a certification offered by the American Institute of Floral Designers. With that said, the certification is normally optional. Expert floral designers often have a formal background in design or art.
Floral designers must be artistic. They must be able to use their own sense of creativity to design arrangements appropriate for all occasions, and put their own spin on industry trends. Since most floral designers work directly with customers, strong customer service skills are also required.
There are currently 66,500 floral designers in the United States, with 2,060 new floral designer job openings created each year.
Floral Designer jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Floral Designer Salaries
Floral Designer salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most floral designers make between $19,400 – $29,600 per year, or $9.31 – $14.26 per hour.