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Floral Designers
SOC Code: 27-1023.00

Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

Sample of reported job titles: Design Manager, Designer, Floral Artist, Floral Clerk, Floral Department Specialist, Floral Designer, Floral Manager, Florist, Flower Shop Laborer/Designer, Wedding Decorator

Tasks

  • Confer with clients regarding price and type of arrangement desired and the date, time, and place of delivery.
  • Select flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to synthesize and develop new creations.
  • Order and purchase flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.
  • Deliver arrangements to customers, or oversee employees responsible for deliveries.
  • Plan arrangement according to client's requirements, utilizing knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern.
  • Water plants, and cut, condition, and clean flowers and foliage for storage.
  • Trim material and arrange bouquets, wreaths, terrariums, and other items using trimmers, shapers, wire, pins, floral tape, foam, and other materials.
  • Wrap and price completed arrangements.
  • Perform office and retail service duties such as keeping financial records, serving customers, answering telephones, selling giftware items and receiving payment.
  • Unpack stock as it comes into the shop.
  • Create and change in-store and window displays, designs, and looks to enhance a shop's image.
  • Inform customers about the care, maintenance, and handling of various flowers and foliage, indoor plants, and other items.
  • Perform general cleaning duties in the store to ensure the shop is clean and tidy.
  • Decorate or supervise the decoration of buildings, halls, churches, or other facilities for parties, weddings and other occasions.
  • Conduct classes or demonstrations, or train other workers.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Transaction accounting software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Inventory management software - Inventory tracking software
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Procurement software - Supply ordering software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Time accounting software - Timekeeping software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Air or gas tanks or cylinders - Helium tanks
  • Candle holder - Candle cups
  • Cash registers - Digital cash registers
  • Fog or mist generators - Hand misters
  • Glue guns - Hot glue guns
  • Grafting knife - Floral grafting knives
  • Greenhouse irrigation equipment - Watering machines
  • Heat guns - Heat shrink dryers
  • Label applying machines - Pricing guns
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Netting - Floral netting
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Paint brushes - Artists' paint brushes
  • Personal computers
  • Pocket calculator - Digital calculators
  • Point of sale POS terminal - Point of sale POS machines
  • Radio frequency identification devices - Radiofrequency RF guns
  • Razor knives - Box cutters
  • Scissors - Ribbon scissors; Utility scissors
  • Secateurs or pruning shears - Bunch cutters; Bypass pruners; Florists' pruning shears; Underwater cutters
  • Shovels - Garden shovels
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Walk in refrigerators - Floral storage coolers
  • Wire scissors - Floral wire cutters

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Interests

  • Interest code: AER
    • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Telephone
  • Deal With External Customers - 86% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 75% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Contact With Others - 78% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 61% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 68% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 56% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 47% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 20% responded “About half the time.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 64% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 56% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Physical Proximity - 92% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 41% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Letters and Memos - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 60% responded “About half the time.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 27% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 35% responded “About half the time.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 43% responded “Fairly important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
76%High school diploma or equivalent
11%Some college, no degree
8%Bachelor's degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $12.67 hourly, $26,350 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 55,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 4,500

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