Florist

By: Maggie Satchell 3B

Average Salary

The median annual wage for floral designers was $24,750 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $37,660.

Benefits

Some would be that you travel, mostly always have a customer (from teenagers buying flowers to grocery stores), and another would be helps you use your creative side of your brain for a change

Required Education or Training

Many people are hired by florists and grocery store floral departments with just high school diplomas and little or no experience. They may start by greeting customers, taking orders and making deliveries, while learning floral arranging on the job from experienced designers. Although some community colleges, vocational schools and universities offer classes and degrees in floral designing, which can help aspiring designers gain knowledge, such degrees are not required to enter the field.

Daily Tasks/ "A Day in the Life of a Florist"

Some main tasks could include:

1) Confer with clients regarding price and type of arrangement desired and the date, time, and place of delivery.

2) Plan arrangement according to client's requirements, utilizing knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern.

3) Water plants, and cut, condition, and clean flowers and foliage for storage.

4) Select flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to synthesize and develop new creations.

5) Order and purchase flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.

6) Wrap and price completed arrangements.

Opportunities for Advancement

Regardless of training or experience, opportunities for advancement in the field of floral design are limited. A worker may be promoted to manage a floral shop, or may open a shop of her own if she has the capital. Beyond that, however, there are no design levels to seek that would reward advanced titles or increases in salaries.

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