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

    • $821 Weekly Pay
    • 7,800 workers Employment Size
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 64.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • Unavailable Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 77.7% female Gender Share

    The number of Florists grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 7,800 in 2018 to 7,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
    • Location: Florists work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Retail Trade industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (64.7%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 77.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20087300
    20094700
    20105400
    20115600
    20125900
    20135900
    20145400
    20158900
    20167300
    20174000
    20187800
    20237800

    Weekly Earnings

    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

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Trade98.6
    Accommodation and Food Services1.5

    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 2017, 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
    NSW31.231.6
    VIC28.426.2
    QLD11.919.7
    SA13.66.7
    WA10.910.8
    TAS0.62.0
    NT0.31.1
    ACT3.21.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-190.0-5.25.2
    20-2417.3-9.99.9
    25-3418.4-23.623.6
    35-4424.0-21.721.7
    45-5426.2-20.820.8
    55-593.6-8.88.8
    60-640.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.1-4.04.0

    Education Level

    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.

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Floristry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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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