What does a Floral Designer do?

Floral designers work with flowers and greenery of all types including live, dried, or silk and arrange them to assemble decorative displays. They utilize their knowledge of different kinds of blooms alongside their artistic eyes to choose appropriate items for specific occasions and have a working knowledge of when flowers and plants are in season and available. They buy flowers and other products from wholesalers and stay mindful of specific customer orders that require adequate supply that meets their demands. They also determine the type of arrangements desired, the occasion and the date, time, and location for delivery when necessary.

Floral designers recommend plants or flowers and greenery for arrangements while staying mindful of the customer's budget. They design floral displays that evoke a particular sentiment or a style. They may create single arrangements for multiple displays or special occasions including weddings or funerals. They also know the properties of flowers and plants, including which flowers last for many hours outside of water and which flowers wilt more quickly, in addition to plants that may be poisonous to certain types of animals. Floral designers have a high school diploma or equivalent, including a GED, and learn their skills on the job.

What responsibilities are common for Floral Designer jobs?
  • Engage and lead associates to achieve department goals.
  • Supervise the proper use of all equipment by associates, including Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Assist as needed in preparation of food products, catering, and special orders.
  • Provide input to manager concerning associate performance and departmental conditions.
  • Maintain punctual and regular attendance and work overtime as assigned.
  • Exemplify key concepts of hospitality when interacting with guests.
  • Model standards of excellence in customer service through direct interaction and handling customer complaints and issues.
  • Maintain standards of cleanliness, stocking floor and keeping back stock organized.
  • Stock and rotate department products to ensure freshness and date control. restock and use supply items efficiently to eliminate waste and to maintain the lowest supply cost.
  • Unify and motivate team through praise and recognition of success with immediate feedback to build an environment of trust.
  • Clean and sanitize department, equipment, work areas, service areas, containers and utensils.
  • Assist merchandising team with new product and shop display.
  • Embrace the Customer 1st strategy and encourage associates to deliver exceptional customer service.
  • Build department sales by making product recommendations, answering questions, assisting guests with purchases and suggestive selling.
  • Curate daily floral arrangements for pick-ups and deliveries based on customer orders.
  • Work with weddings and events consultants on upcoming events and arrangements to be made.
What are the typical qualifications for Floral Designer jobs?
  • Associate's Degree in sales or marketing.
  • Hands-on experience designing and creating floral arrangements.
  • Expected to display in-depth product knowledge.
  • Ability to stand/walk for the duration of a scheduled shift.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of design patterns.
  • Well-developed expense control capabilities.
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership and collaboration abilities, along with solid time management and problem solving skills.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Floral Designer make?

$39,958 /yr
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Floral Designer Career Path

Learn how to become a Floral Designer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Floral Designer Insights

Read what Floral Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Floral Clerk
May 31, 2021

“I was not trained properly and the pay is not enough for what is expected.”

Floral Assistant
Feb 12, 2021

“Anyone manager and above were arrogant immediately and I was blamed for things I didn't intend to do.”

Floral Designer
Jun 29, 2021

“I was able to express creativity and make some amazing friends!”

French Florist (CA)
Floral Designer
Jun 29, 2022

“Flexible schedule was okay.”

Floral Clerk
Oct 19, 2020

“Flexible hours worked great with school schedule.”

Produce/Floral Associate
Apr 12, 2021

“It is an easy job that requires little training and no experience.”

Flowers & LeavesFlowers & Leaves
Aug 4, 2021

“It was a fun and creative job.”

Floral Clerk
Sep 7, 2021

“We had a lot of pressure put on us and the department because of arrangments or holidays and a lot of it wasn't our fault.”

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When working as a Floral Designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are VOS, Arrangements, No High School, Effective Communication, and Excellent Customer Service.

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