Florists prepare and sell floral arrangements.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Most workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • planning and designing floral arrangements
  • arranging supply and storage of flowers, greenery, decorations and other items
  • treating flowers to extend their life
  • selecting, trimming and arranging flowers and other materials
  • packing, wrapping, and attaching message cards to, and organising delivery of, completed arrangements
  • serving customers and accepting payments
  • advising customers on the selection of flowers and floral arrangements
  • may decorate hotels, churches, halls and other facilities for special events

Job Titles

  • Florist

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $821 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      moderate
    • Skill Level

      Certificate III or IV
    • Employment Size

      8,700
    • Unemployment

      above average
    • Male Share

      8.8%
    • Female Share

      91.2%
    • Full-Time Share

      57.6%

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    This is a small occupation employing 8700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
    Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales has a large share of Florists.
    • They nearly all work in Retail Trade.
    • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.3 hours per week.
    • The average age is 45 years (compared to 40 for all careers) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Most workers are female
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearEmployment Level
    20056200
    20065100
    20077600
    20085200
    20095400
    20105500
    20116200
    20126500
    20135100
    20145900
    20158700
    20209200

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Careers Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015 cat. no. 6333.0. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsFloristsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings8211230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    CategoryFloristsAll Jobs Average
    Full-time58.569
    Part-time41.530.8
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)48.540.2

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Retail Trade97.3
    Wholesale Trade1.8
    Arts and Recreation Services0.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    StateFloristsAll Jobs Average
    NSW42.931.8
    VIC28.325.5
    QLD17.819.8
    SA3.56.7
    WA7.211.1
    TAS0.02
    NT0.21.1
    ACT0.01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    Age BracketFloristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-198.9-5.45.4
    20-243.2-9.99.9
    25-3413.7-23.323.3
    35-4424.1-21.621.6
    45-5433.0-21.121.1
    55-596.8-8.68.6
    60-645.8-5.95.9
    65 and Over4.6-3.73.7

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
    CategoryFloristsCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males11.0Males53.8
    Females89.0Females46.1

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS 2016 Survey of Education and Work (SEW).
    Type of QualificationFloristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.58.5
    Bachelor degree22.1-17.817.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma33.8-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV22.1-18.818.8
    Year 120.0-18.618.6
    Years 11 & 100.0-17.617.6
    Below Year 1022.1-8.08.0

    A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed.
    Around two in five workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.
    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Florists who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      81% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Production and Processing

      71% Important

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    3. Sales and Marketing

      69% Important

      Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    4. Design

      68% Important

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. English Language

      68% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Getting Information

      81% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    2. Thinking Creatively

      77% Important

      Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

    3. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

      75% Important

      Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

    4. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

      74% Important

      Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

    5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

      71% Important

      Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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