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Floral Designer

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. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
Job Outlook: Employment of floral designers is expected to decline slowly through 2018.This decline may be moderated by the continued demand for floral decorations, due to increases in the number and lavishness of weddings and other special events. Consumers increasing buy flowers from grocery stores and farmers markets and demand for sophisticated arrangements is declining.
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.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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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 agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.