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Floral Designer

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Floral Designers Career Video

Designs, cuts, and arranges live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

This career is part of the Marketing cluster Professional Sales pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Confers with clients regarding price and type of arrangement desired and the date, time, and place of delivery.
  • Selects flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to synthesize and develop new creations.
  • Orders and purchases flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.
  • Delivers arrangements to customers, or oversees employees responsible for deliveries.
  • Plans arrangement according to client's requirements, utilizing knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern.
  • Waters plants, and cuts, conditions, and cleans flowers and foliage for storage.
  • Trims material and arranges bouquets, wreaths, terrariums, and other items using trimmers, shapers, wire, pins, floral tape, foam, and other materials.
  • Wraps and prices completed arrangements.
  • Performs office and retail service duties such as keeping financial records, serving customers, answering telephones, selling giftware items and receiving payment.
  • Unpacks stock as it comes into the shop.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Design Manager
  • Designer
  • Floral Artist
  • Floral Clerk
  • Floral Department Specialist
  • Floral Designer
  • Floral Manager
  • Florist
  • Flower Shop Laborer/Designer
  • Wedding Decorator