Floral Designer

Some of the most common reasons that individuals shop for flowers are birthdays anniversaries and happy occasions. However flowers are also common at unhappy events such as funerals. When all of these types of events occur the purchased or delivered flowers are expected to be beautifully arranged. Floral designers work with either real or artificial flowers or leaves to create corsages bouquets and displays of various sizes. They must be knowledgeable about the names of various flowers plants and foliage and they must select items that are appropriate for the type of arrangement they are preparing. They must be well-versed in how to trim and shape arrangements and how to display them in containers that will show off their beauty. Sometimes floral designers work from written orders but they often confer with customers so they must be able to communicate clearly as to the options for arrangements as well as the estimated prices. The website httpeducation-portal.com says that there are no mandatory formal educational requirements for entry-level floral designers. However people who are serious about a career in this field often attend vocational schools or community colleges some of which offer accreditation. Courses in subjects such as interior design fashion design botany and landscape architecture can be useful for developing the skills and talents floral designers need to have. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) the employment outlook for this career is contracting slightly. However entry-level jobs are usually available and employment opportunities can be seasonal. Floral designers with proven talent and business acumen often become shop managers or even shop owners. On average floral designers earn approximately $21700 a year.

Education Required: High School Diploma and Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $21700
High Salary: $24700
Low Salary: $18700
Tasks: Artistically arranges real and artificial flowers.
Makes corsages, wreaths and bouquets.
Knows how long flowers and foliage will stay fresh.
Keeps up-to-date on current and fashionable flower designs.
Also Called: Bouquet Designer
Flower Arranger
Florist
Foliar Designer
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Floral_Designer_Job_Description_and_Requirements_for_a_Career_in_Floral_Design.html
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/329/Floral-Designer.html
http://dot-job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/FLORAL-DESIGNER.cfm