Florist Career Information
Florists arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers into bouquets. Weddings, banquets, holidays, gifts, events or special occasions might call for floral arrangements. Florists might also be responsible for contacting suppliers, managing supplies, taking and managing orders, scheduling, maintaining a shop, and planning and designing more complex or custom orders. Much of the training for becoming a florist can be done online, as can certification and job searching. However, most florists get their skills through hands-on, on-the-job training.
|Required Skills||Creativity, Artistic Ability, Customer Service Skills|
|Job Growth||-14% for 2018-2028*|
|Median Salary (2018)||$27,200 per year*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Steps for Becoming a Florist Online
The following steps can all be completed online except for a couple of optional education and certification qualifications, dependent on what sort of florist you wish to be and how you would like to go about gaining experience.
Step One: Complete a Basic Education
Most florists are high school diploma holders; a postsecondary degree is not a requirement to be a florist in the general sense. Many florists who begin their careers at an already established shop will obtain the necessary skills and training while on the job.
That said, those wishing to start to market their own florist business (rather than working at an already established shop) might want to complete a degree, such as business, communications, or marketing to help them achieve this goal. For those who wish to complete an associate's or bachelor's in BA in a related field that can help start and grow a florist business, there are options for completing those degrees online.
Step Two: Refine Floral Arrangement Skills
If you're interested in this career path, you might have an eye for floral arrangements already. Still, it's a good idea to practice and study to improve your skills, become a better candidate for certification, and become a better candidate for employment or better qualified to start your own florist business. Practice doesn't just include creating floral arrangements, but it can also include studying the themes, ideas, and plants associated with different events and design schemes, and refining your ability to evoke a requested style, emotion, or sentiment. Luckily there are video tutorials available online that can easily instruct you not only on the basics of floral arrangement but also on designing for specific events, styles, color theories, and aesthetics.
Step Three: Consider Certification
Certification is not a required step either to be hired in a florist shop or to begin your own florist business. However, it can be a valuable step to becoming a florist by setting yourself apart from the competition or demonstrating to any potential clients or employers your official qualifications. The American Institute of Floral Designers offers both an option for certification (Certified Floral Designer) and accredited membership.
Becoming an accredited member of AIFD or a Certified Floral Designer can demonstrate knowledge, skill, seriousness, and achievement in the field. This process can be started online by becoming an AIFD candidate through the AIFD web portal. Enrolling costs $150 and includes the textbook titled The AIFD Guide to Floral Design. Candidates can study this textbook and AIFD's web tips in preparation for the evaluations, which have both a web and a physical component.