|Overview:||Floral designers design and create artistic floral arrangements of live, cut or dried flowers and foliage for exhibits, religious events, funerals conventions, weddings & balls. They confer with clients regarding colors, prices and style. They may cultivate their flowers or select growers.|
|Duties:||They design live or cut flowers and foliage into artistic arrangements for show at exhibits, business conventions, conferences and social or political events.
They design and create live gardens for entry ways, patios, poolsides, lobbies, etc, in hotels, business establishments, private estates, etc.
They plant and grow flowers based on customer demand and market prices. They dry out flowers for future arrangements.
They study ways to improve quality of live flowers through fertilization and control of light, humidity and watering.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History
|Job Outlook:||Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.|
|Starting Salary:||Many floral designers work on a freelance basis and plan to start their own floral shop.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$26,000 to $29,000|
|Education Level:||The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.|
|Additional Training/Education:||The best opportunities are offered to those floral designers who have completed either a one-year technical institute certificate program or an associate degree program. Training consists of studies in floriculture, floral design and ornamental horticulture.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.