Floral Designers
SOC: 27-1023.00


Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
58,700 employed

Projected (2024):
56,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Artificial Foliage Arranger
  • Corsage Maker
  • Design Maker
  • Design Manager
  • Designer
  • Floral Arranger
  • Floral Artist
  • Floral Clerk
  • Floral Decorator
  • Floral Department Specialist
  • Floral Designer
  • Floral Designer Salesperson
  • Floral Manager
  • Floral Specialist
  • Florist
  • Florist Designer
  • Florist's Decorator
  • Flower Arranger
  • Flower Shop Laborer/Designer
  • Spray Maker
  • Wedding Decorator
  • Wedding Florist

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation and Control
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Confer with clients regarding price and type of arrangement desired and the date, time, and place of delivery.
  • Plan arrangement according to client's requirements, utilizing knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern.
  • Water plants, and cut, condition, and clean flowers and foliage for storage.
  • Select flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to synthesize and develop new creations.
  • Order and purchase flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.
  • Wrap and price completed arrangements.
  • Trim material and arrange bouquets, wreaths, terrariums, and other items using trimmers, shapers, wire, pins, floral tape, foam, and other materials.
  • Perform office and retail service duties such as keeping financial records, serving customers, answering telephones, selling giftware items and receiving payment.
  • Inform customers about the care, maintenance, and handling of various flowers and foliage, indoor plants, and other items.
  • Decorate or supervise the decoration of buildings, halls, churches, or other facilities for parties, weddings and other occasions.
  • Perform general cleaning duties in the store to ensure the shop is clean and tidy.
  • Unpack stock as it comes into the shop.
  • Create and change in-store and window displays, designs, and looks to enhance a shop's image.
  • Conduct classes or demonstrations, or train other workers.
  • Grow flowers for use in arrangements or for sale in shop.
  • Deliver arrangements to customers, or oversee employees responsible for deliveries.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Artists' paint brushes
  • Box cutters
  • Bunch cutters
  • Bypass pruners
  • Candle cups
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital cash registers
  • Floral grafting knives
  • Floral netting
  • Floral storage coolers
  • Floral wire cutters
  • Florists' pruning shears
  • Garden shovels
  • Hand misters
  • Heat shrink dryers
  • Helium tanks
  • Hot glue guns
  • Laptop computers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Point of sale POS machines
  • Pricing guns
  • Radiofrequency RF guns
  • Ribbon scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Underwater cutters
  • Utility scissors
  • Watering machines
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Supply ordering software
  • Timekeeping software
  • Transaction accounting software
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980