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Floral Designers (or Florists) are specialists in the art of designing and creating floral arrangements in various shapes and sizes that include, but are not limited to, bouquets, table centerpieces, wreaths, and corsages. In addition to fresh cut flowers, a Designer may work with/include silk flowers, foliage, plants, botanical materials, herbs, or various ornamental grasses. Arrangements may also be housed in a variety of vessels such as vases, baskets, or bowls and may include embellishments that add to the overall look or theme (e.g., ribbons, balloons, candles, candy). A Floral Designer designs arrangements for a variety of occasions such as birthdays, holidays, showers, weddings, funerals, and a wide variety of special events.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities or duties of a Designer vary depending upon the environment in which they work. Below is a sampling of some environments and the associated tasks typically performed by a Designer.

  • Privately Owned Shops - Most Designers work in small, private floral establishments that typically cater to custom and large orders for events and special occasions such as weddings, showers, or those required by an interior designer or caterer. In these scenarios, a Designer will generally meet with a customer to review and discuss the specific occasion, type of arrangement(s) needed, arrangement options, the customer's wishes and preferences, prices, schedule, and delivery. With special occasions, a Designer will typically assist with floral decoration set up, and may also provide assistance to interior designers who are creating displays for restaurants, hotels, special showings, and/or private residences. Many Designers create a variety of arrangements and displays to have on hand for point-of-sale, or walk-in, customers.
  • Grocery Stores and Internet Floral Establishments - Designers who are employed by floral departments in grocery stores or Internet floral establishments specialize in the creation of various arrangements, bouquets, and decorations made in advance of purchase. They also tend to fill small, custom orders for funerals and special occasions. Grocery stores rarely, if ever, offer delivery of arrangements to customers and generally do not take on large custom orders.
  • Wholesale Floral Distributors - A wholesale Designer who works in this type of business generally provides assistance with the selection and purchase of flowers and greenery that are to be sold to retail florists. The Designer will also determine the specific flowers to be included in displays used as customer samples.
  • Self-Employed Designers - Individuals who are self-employed manage all the components of running a business, from flower selection and purchase to hiring and managing staff to determining and managing budgets and finances, and more. Many of these Designers also run a related, side business that supplements or compliments their floral business, such as wedding floral consultation, gift shop, or public classes on floral design or gardening.

Job Characteristics

Because flowers are perishable, most orders must be created very close to a delivery date. As a result, most Designers will work nights and weekends in order to fulfill large or time-sensitive orders (e.g., showers, weddings, funerals). Designers also work long hours before and during holidays when the volume of orders increase.

Most individuals in this profession work in well-lit, comfortable environments, as well as outdoors, when needed. Designers may travel to customer locations or event sites to deliver and/or set up arrangements, and to vendor locations to purchase supplies and flowers. Most trips tend to be short in distance.

When creating arrangements a Designer will generally stand for long periods of time and use the same arm and finger movements, which may result in various muscle strains. Designers are also prone to back strain from moving, carrying, and/or lifting heavily weighted arrangements. Allergic reactions are also common in this profession as some Designers find themselves experiencing reactions to certain types of pollen. Lastly, if used improperly, injuries may occur due to frequent use of sharp items such as wire, knives, and scissors.

An individual in this profession is expected to possess and/or display many of the following skills and attributes:

  • creativity
  • flexibility
  • service-oriented attitude
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • judgment and problem-solving abilities
  • organizational and time management skills
  • ability to adapt to and apply changing trends
  • ability to work independently, and at times, under pressure

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDL BLS), employment for Floral Designers is "expected to decline moderately, 9 percent, between 2006 and 2016." Demand for floral decorations and arrangements are expected to grow however, as a result of:

  • increases in the population
  • demand for up-scale weddings and special events
  • rises in disposable income
  • increased spending in interior design (generating both live and artificial arrangements)

In spite of the increase in demand for floral decorations and arrangements, employment opportunities are expected to be few in the wholesale industry. Reason being that in order to cut costs many floral shops are purchasing flowers and supplies directly from growers. Another factor is that the rapid growth in e-commerce (electronic commerce) within the floral industry affords a retail florist the ability to more easily find suppliers.

Individuals considering this profession should note the sensitivity between arbitrary consumer spending on flowers and floral products and the state of the economy. In a down economy, job opportunities are more than likely to decline as arbitrary spending on flowers falls off, and vice versa.

Floral Design Schools and Certification

Formal, post-secondary training is not required for this profession; most Designers learn their vocation from on-the-job experience. There are however, several vocational and private floral design schools and community colleges that offer programs and certificates in floral design. A high school diploma is generally a prerequisite for acceptance into a floral design program and most run from several weeks up to one year. Floral design schools provide instruction on the fundamentals of floral arranging, including trends, pricing, exposure to the many varieties of flowers and their colors and textures, appropriate care and handling of flowers, and techniques for cutting and taping, and applying and tying embellishments such ribbons and bows.

Individuals seeking an associate's or bachelor's degree may look to community colleges and universities. While some of these institutions offer degree programs in floral design, others may offer degrees in horticulture or ornamental horticulture (science or art of vegetable, fruit, flower, or ornamental plant cultivation) and/or floriculture (flower and flowering plant cultivation). Courses typically include floral design, botany, chemistry, hydrology, microbiology, soil management, and pesticides. Those seeking to own and manage their own business may add courses to their program such as accounting, business, marketing, and computer technology.

Designers seeking recognition of their professional achievement in floral design may look to the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). The AIFD accreditation exam comprises two parts: a written section covering floral terminology, and a practical, onsite, floral arranging section where candidates must complete five floral designs within four hours. The five design categories are:

  • wedding arrangements
  • funeral tributes
  • table arrangements
  • wearable flowers
  • a category at the sole discretion of the candidate

Individuals who have completed formal design training/education are better positioned for advancement and also tend to secure the better opportunities. Advancement in this profession is fairly limited to most experienced Designers moving on to positions such as supervisor or Chief Floral Designer, or perhaps opening their own floral business.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Floral Designers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Floral Designers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 210 $25,840
Hoover 210 $25,840
Huntsville 60 $25,650
Montgomery 40 $23,880
Mobile N/A $18,620
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $32,500
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 290 $25,430
Mesa 290 $25,430
Phoenix 290 $25,430
Tucson 110 $24,980
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 50 $22,630
North Little Rock 50 $22,630
Little Rock 50 $22,630
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1050 $29,800
Long Beach 1050 $29,800
Los Angeles 1050 $29,800
San Francisco 360 $35,550
Hayward 360 $35,550
Oakland 360 $35,550
Ontario 330 $32,230
San Bernardino 330 $32,230
Riverside 330 $32,230
Arcade 250 $27,850
Arden 250 $27,850
Sacramento 250 $27,850
Roseville 250 $27,850
Carlsbad 250 $29,550
San Diego 250 $29,550
Santa Clara 150 $31,850
San Jose 150 $31,850
Sunnyvale 150 $31,850
Oxnard 120 $25,890
Thousand Oaks 120 $25,890
Ventura 120 $25,890
Santa Rosa 70 $25,600
Stockton 70 $27,910
Lodi 70 $27,910
Bakersfield 50 $22,890
Modesto 50 $23,900
Salinas 40 $36,600
Arroyo Grande 30 $23,620
Paso Robles 30 $23,620
San Luis Obispo 30 $23,620
Fresno N/A $23,950
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 570 $25,710
Aurora 570 $25,710
Denver 570 $25,710
Colorado Springs 120 $25,690
Greeley N/A $19,100
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 160 $33,630
East Hartford 160 $33,630
West Hartford 160 $33,630
Stamford 140 $41,980
Bridgeport 140 $41,980
Norwalk 140 $41,980
New Haven 70 $30,410
Danbury 40 $34,080
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 550 $27,550
Fort Lauderdale 550 $27,550
West Palm Beach 550 $27,550
Sanford 300 $22,380
Kissimmee 300 $22,380
Orlando 300 $22,380
Tampa 220 $23,420
St. Petersburg 220 $23,420
Clearwater 220 $23,420
Bradenton 100 $22,350
Sarasota 100 $22,350
North Port 100 $22,350
Jacksonville 100 $25,040
Titusville 80 $26,660
Melbourne 80 $26,660
Palm Bay 80 $26,660
Brent 70 $25,270
Pensacola 70 $25,270
Ferry Pass 70 $25,270
Naples 70 $29,040
Immokalee 70 $29,040
Marco Island 70 $29,040
Vero Beach 50 $21,170
Sebastian 50 $21,170
Deltona 50 $22,660
Ormond Beach 50 $22,660
Daytona Beach 50 $22,660
Fort Myers 50 $24,080
Cape Coral 50 $24,080
Crestview 40 $28,480
Fort Walton Beach 40 $28,480
Destin 40 $28,480
Tallahassee 30 $26,700
Winter Haven N/A $23,140
Lakeland N/A $23,140
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 610 $25,700
Roswell 610 $25,700
Sandy Springs 610 $25,700
Savannah 50 $27,850
Macon 30 $23,640
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 120 $28,310
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 110 $26,200
Idaho Falls 40 $23,850
Pocatello N/A $21,660
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 120 $27,470
Springfield 60 $27,930
Peoria 50 $22,610
Decatur 30 $22,770
Urbana N/A $24,440
Champaign N/A $24,440
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 500 $24,530
Carmel 500 $24,530
Indianapolis 500 $24,530
Fort Wayne 60 $22,720
West Lafayette 50 $21,730
Lafayette 50 $21,730
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 120 $28,980
Des Moines 120 $28,980
Cedar Rapids 60 $22,170
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 100 $22,760
Topeka 40 $21,550
Lawrence 30 $21,960
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 70 $26,140
Lexington 70 $26,140
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 180 $25,330
New Orleans 180 $25,330
Shreveport 160 $20,590
Bossier City 160 $20,590
Baton Rouge 120 $27,390
Lake Charles 40 $22,780
Houma 40 $25,780
Thibodaux 40 $25,780
Monroe 30 $24,170
Lafayette N/A $19,390
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 50 $24,790
Portland 50 $24,790
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 380 $29,960
Columbia 380 $29,960
Baltimore 380 $29,960
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 70 $29,860
New Bedford N/A $19,410
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 490 $26,440
Detroit 490 $26,440
Warren 490 $26,440
Wyoming 150 $19,670
Grand Rapids 150 $19,670
Flint 70 $19,560
East Lansing 60 $28,590
Lansing 60 $28,590
Portage 50 $27,430
Kalamazoo 50 $27,430
Jackson 40 $22,630
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 40 $21,520
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 70 $19,060
Pascagoula 50 $18,980
Biloxi 50 $18,980
Gulfport 50 $18,980
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 130 $21,700
Jefferson City 60 $22,200
Joplin 40 $18,690
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 30 $25,760
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 90 $22,940
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 290 $29,870
Henderson 290 $29,870
Las Vegas 290 $29,870
Reno 120 $26,690
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $22,920
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 60 $23,920
Hammonton 60 $23,920
Vineland N/A $26,220
Bridgeton N/A $26,220
Trenton N/A $34,780
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 60 $22,630
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 260 $24,050
Buffalo 260 $24,050
Niagara Falls 260 $24,050
Troy 170 $24,070
Albany 170 $24,070
Schenectady 170 $24,070
Rochester 150 $27,520
Syracuse 80 $28,090
Binghamton 40 $23,960
Rome 30 $29,150
Utica 30 $29,150
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 110 $36,940
Greensboro 90 $24,340
High Point 90 $24,340
Asheville 70 $24,600
Salem 60 $23,000
Winston 60 $23,000
Chapel Hill 50 $28,160
Durham 50 $28,160
Lenoir 50 $32,390
Morganton 50 $32,390
Hickory 50 $32,390
Fayetteville 30 $19,210
Greenville 30 $19,600
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 370 $23,550
Cleveland 370 $23,550
Columbus 200 $24,280
Akron 130 $23,200
Dayton 130 $23,530
Toledo 80 $22,910
Canton 40 $23,170
Massillon 40 $23,170
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 130 $24,170
Oklahoma City 130 $27,130
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bend 50 $27,120
Redmond 50 $27,120
Salem 30 $23,420
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 400 $29,060
Harrisburg 90 $25,410
Carlisle 90 $25,410
Scranton 90 $33,420
Barre 90 $33,420
Wilkes 90 $33,420
Hazleton 90 $33,420
Reading 70 $22,880
York 70 $23,930
Hanover 70 $23,930
Lancaster 70 $25,020
Altoona 30 $21,090
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 160 $21,190
Carolina 160 $21,190
San Juan 160 $21,190
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greenville 100 $24,580
Mauldin 100 $24,580
Anderson 100 $24,580
Columbia 100 $25,090
Charleston 80 $24,450
North Charleston 80 $24,450
Spartanburg 40 $23,580
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 70 $25,610
Rapid City 30 $24,130
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 310 $30,840
Franklin 310 $30,840
Davidson 310 $30,840
Nashville 310 $30,840
Knoxville 170 $23,600
Johnson City N/A $22,380
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 550 $24,340
The Woodlands 550 $24,340
Houston 550 $24,340
Fort Worth 550 $25,770
Arlington 550 $25,770
Dallas 550 $25,770
New Braunfels 260 $24,030
San Antonio 260 $24,030
Round Rock 200 $28,840
Austin 200 $28,840
Amarillo 80 $19,610
El Paso 60 $20,890
Beaumont 60 $22,120
Port Arthur 60 $22,120
Killeen 50 $18,990
Temple 50 $18,990
Edinburg 50 $19,350
Mission 50 $19,350
McAllen 50 $19,350
Corpus Christi 50 $21,370
Longview 50 $22,350
Bryan 40 $24,630
College Station 40 $24,630
Midland 40 $27,300
Lubbock N/A $19,760
Wichita Falls N/A $21,650
Harlingen N/A $26,090
Brownsville N/A $26,090
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 260 $22,980
Provo 140 $20,610
Orem 140 $20,610
Ogden 120 $22,700
Clearfield 120 $22,700
St. George 40 $22,220
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 60 $23,970
Burlington 60 $23,970
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 150 $24,280
Roanoke 50 $21,660
Harrisonburg 40 $26,020
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 570 $30,410
Seattle 570 $30,410
Bellevue 570 $30,410
Spokane 130 $23,010
Spokane Valley 130 $23,010
Kennewick 60 $24,240
Richland 60 $24,240
Yakima 50 $24,360
Bremerton 50 $36,280
Silverdale 50 $36,280
Bellingham 40 $25,280
Tumwater 40 $33,130
Olympia 40 $33,130
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 330 $27,140
West Allis 330 $27,140
Waukesha 330 $27,140
Green Bay 110 $23,580
Madison 70 $26,860
Neenah 60 $19,420
Oshkosh 60 $19,420
Fond du Lac 60 $20,930
Racine 50 $26,770
Wausau 30 $24,050

Most Popular Industries for :
Floral Designers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Miscellaneous Retail Stores 41,670 75% $22,740
Grocery Stores 8,940 16% $25,120
Hardware And Garden Stores 1,140 2% $25,170
Non-durable Goods Wholesale 1,060 1% $20,140
Office Services And Staffing 650 1% $24,630
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