The floral industry is expected to have revenues of about $20 billion in 2008, according to FabJob.com. A certificate in floral design can prepare you to provide beautiful flower arrangements to help people celebrate weddings, births, anniversaries, and other special events. A college degree isn't required but career training is available through online education programs. You can also learn custom floral design with career training on the job. Online education programs can allow you to explore different career paths such as hospital floral shops, funeral homes, event planning, and grocery stores.
Career Training in Floral Design
Training in floral design certificate programs can include courses in design principles and elements, care and handling of flowers, wedding flower arrangements, and retail flower shop. Some florists earn college degrees or take courses in related areas such as botany, soil management, chemistry, or microbiology.
Job Outlook for Floral Designers
Opportunities for floral designers should be good going forward due to replacements as people leave the industry. The median income for floral designers in 2007 was $22,540, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Number of floral designers in the United States: More than 87,000
- Annual median wage: $22,540
- Percentage who are self employed: Approximately one third
- Second-largest employers of floral designers (after florist shops): Grocery stores