Florists (aka floral designers) earn a low salary for their design skills. Florists cut, design, and arrange live, artificial, or dried flowers and foliage. Florists take orders from customers, write up flower orders, arrange deliveries of flowers, schedule floral arrangements for events such as weddings, parties, conferences, and other floral related duties. Florists discuss price and type of arrangement desired by clients, as well as date, time, and place of delivery. Florists price floral designs and wrap them for delivery or shop sales. Florists design or arrange shop displays to encourage floral sales. Florists conduct floral arrangement classes or demonstrations, and may train new floral workers. Florists perform basic office duties including serving customers, accepting payment, keeping financial records of floral sales, answering telephones, and selling giftware items. Small floral shops and Wholesale flower distributors or Internet florists hire floral designers.
Florist Job Duties:
* Consult with customers concerning floral needs
* Sell merchandise
* Follow customer instructions
* Confer with client regarding type of arrangement desired
* Create art from ideas
* Advise clients or customers on floral design
* Arrange floral offerings
* Fabricate craft or art objects
* Wrap products
* Apply creativity to art or design work
* Distinguish colors
* perceive color or balance
* Apply customer service techniques collect payment
* Order or purchase supplies, materials, or equipment
* Apply telephone communication in customer service
* Obtain information from clients, customers, or patients
* Prepare records of customer charges
* Price merchandise
* Stock or organize goods
* Demonstrate goods or services
* Receive customer orders
* design decorative displays
* Package goods for shipment or storage
* Arrange merchandise display
* Conduct training for personnel
* Retrieve or place goods from/into storage
Florist may work long hours, including evening and weekends for parties and weddings, and especially during busy holiday seasons. Floral work requires a high school diploma to enter this field. High schools may offer floral courses to students as part of their class schedule. The majority of floral designers learn their skills during on the job training. Two years of work experience in the floral industry qualifies workers as a floral designer. Part-time work in a floral shop can lead to full time employment. Some junior colleges offer courses in floral design.
Floral designer positions are expected to decline over time by 3 percent, between 2008 and 2018. The state of the economy may dictate the need for floral decorations spent by clients in their everyday lives.
How much does a florist make per hour?
A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for florists was $11.99.
Industry And Hourly Wages
Grocery Stores $12.64
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers $11.96
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores $12.85
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $10.49
How much does a florist make per year?
The median yearly salary for florists according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $24,940.
Industry And Annual Wages
Grocery Stores $26,290
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers $24,880
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores $26,740
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $21,810