Floral Designer Career: Job Description & Career Requirements

Mar 05, 2019

Read about what education you can pursue to become a floral designer. Information is also available on the career outlook, salary projections and alternative career paths.

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Career Definition for a Floral Designer

In addition to creating and arranging flower displays, floral designers work in customer service and sales, making sure that they create the proper arrangement for each individual customer. They also grow and order flowers, recommend flowers and design displays, as well as answer phones and make recommendation based on a customer's budget. Jobs in floral design can be found in all regions of the country.

Required Education Not required, but a certificate or undergraduate degree in floral design may be helpful
Job Skills Creativity, communication, knowledge of botany and flower care
Career Outlook (2016 to 2026)* 6% decline
Mean Annual Salary (2017)* $28,220

Source: *U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

It is not necessary to have a degree or any certification for an entry-level job in floral design, but many people who are interested in pursuing a serious career in the field can complete a certificate or undergraduate program in floral design. Coursework covers floral arrangements, flower identification and business management. The American Institute of Floral Designers also offers a voluntary certification in floral design. Those who are interested in floral design may also want to look into botany, interior design, landscape architecture or fashion design.

Job Skills

Floral designers need to be good communicators so that they can make sure to give the customers the arrangements that they want. They also have to be detail-oriented and capable of trimming and arranging flowers in a precise manner. Knowledge of botany and an understanding of how to care for flowers is useful as well.

Career and Economic Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2017 that the average yearly income for a floral designer was $28,220. The number of jobs available in the field is expected to decline by about 6% from 2016 through 2026, but the relatively high turnover rate for entry-level floral design positions will allow people to find work. About 19% of the people who work in floral design were self-employed in 2016, according to the BLS.

Alternative Career Options

Other career options in this field include:

Craft and Fine Artist

Artists don't need to have formal training, but many enroll in postsecondary programs. The BLS reports that craft and fine artist positions are expected to grow by 6% from 2016 to 2026. In 2017, fine artists, including illustrators, painters and sculptors, had a mean salary of $57,520 based on the BLS data.

Interior Designer

Unlike floral designers, interior designers need a bachelor's degree in the field and possibly a license to work. The BLS estimated that interior designers were to have a 4% increase in jobs from 2016 to 2026. The mean annual income for interior designers was $58,210 in 2017.

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