Floral designers, also called florists, cut and arrange live, dried, and silk flowers and greenery to make decorative displays. They also help customers select flowers, containers, ribbons, and other accessories.
Most floral designers work in retail businesses, usually flower shops and grocery stores. About 1 in 4 of floral designers were self-employed in 2014.
How to Become a Floral Designer
Most floral designers have a high school diploma or the equivalent and learn their skills on the job over the course of a few months.
Employment of floral designers is projected to decline 3 percent from 2014 to 2024. Many floral designers are employed in the florist industry, in which overall industry employment is projected to decline.
This occupation supported 62,400 jobs in 2012 and 58,700 jobs in 2014, reflecting a decline of 5.9%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to decrease by 8.2% in 2022 to 57,300 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 61,300, compared with an observed value of 58,700, 4.2% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to decrease by 3.2% in 2024 to 56,700 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 56,200 jobs for 2024, 0.9% lower than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation.