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

      stable
    • Skill Level

      Certificate III or IV
    • Employment Size

      3600
    • Unemployment

      average
    • Male Share

      8.8%
    • Female Share

      91.2%
    • Full-Time Share

      57.6%

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    This is a very small occupation employing 3,600 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years.
    Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 3,600. Around 2,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • 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 (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $821 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • More than 9 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20076900
    20087200
    20094600
    20105300
    20115600
    20125600
    20135800
    20145300
    20159000
    20167300
    20173600
    20223600

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsFloristsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings8211230

    Hours

    Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryFloristsAll Jobs Average
    Full-time57.668.4
    Part-time42.431.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)41.340

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. 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, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateFloristsAll Jobs Average
    NSW42.931.8
    VIC28.325.5
    QLD17.819.8
    SA3.56.8
    WA7.211.2
    TAS02
    NT0.21.1
    ACT01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketFloristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-198.9-5.45.4
    20-243.2-9.99.9
    25-3413.7-23.423.4
    35-4424.1-21.721.7
    45-5433-21.121.1
    55-596.8-8.78.7
    60-645.8-5.95.9
    65 and Over4.6-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryFloristsCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males8.8Males53.6
    Females91.2Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationFloristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree22.1-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma33.8-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV22.1-18.918.9
    Year 120-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
    Below Year 1022.1-8.18.1

    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.

    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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    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

    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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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1023.00 - Floral Designers.

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