What do florists do?
Florists are professional floral designers who arrange, cut and dry flowers to create eye-pleasing displays such as corsages, centerpieces, wreaths and bouquets used for gift baskets and holiday, wedding and funeral displays. They also help treat, raise and care for the greenery and flowers in the shop. Florists may work for retail outlets or own their own businesses. Potential challenges in this career include working in cool temperatures and exceptionally long hours near the holidays
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What you need to be a florist
Degree Level: High school diploma; postsecondary training for those who wish to operate their own businesses
Degree Field: Floriculture
Experience: On-the-job training is common
Certification: Available, but voluntary
Key Skills: Customer service skills, organizational skills, plant identification, artistic ability, design skills, creativity
Salary: $24,750 per year (median salary for all floral designers)
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2014).