Pay for florists varies depending on experience.
An apprentice florist can expect to earn the minimum wage.
A florist who has just earned a Level 3 qualification in floristry can expect to earn slightly above minimum wage.
Senior florists with three or more years' experience usually earn $20 to $22 an hour.
Those who manage and or / own a florist business may earn $25 an hour or more.
Source : Florists New Zealand Incorporated (FLONZI), 2016.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Florists may do some or all of the following :
help people choose flowers or plants
design and put together flowers in bouquets, posies and arrangements
deliver or arrange delivery of flowers
look after flowers and indoor plants
buy plants, wrap, vases and baskets from sales representatives
keep records and accounts
attend markets and auctions and bid for flowers.
Florists need to have :
knowledge of flowers and plants
ability to care for and arrange cut flowers
knowledge of trends in floristry
knowledge of Interflora and Teleflora ordering procedures
business management, basic maths and accounting skills
knowledge of basic first aid and occupational health and safety procedures.
work regular business hours but may also have early morning starts, and work weekends and on special event days such as Valentine's Day
mainly work in shops and retail outlets
work to deadlines and spend long periods on their feet
often have to travel to make deliveries, purchase flowers from markets, or prepare arrangements for special events.
There are no entry requirements for becoming a florist, as many skills are gained on the job.
However, most employers prefer you to have a floristry qualification such as a National Certificate in Floristry. You can get a floristry qualification through on-
the-job training or by studying at a polytechnic.
Three years of secondary education is needed to enter many floristry courses. English, design and art are useful subjects.
Florists need to be :
creative and artistic, with a good eye for colour, texture and detail
good with people, and excellent communicators
skilled at planning and organising.
Useful experience for florists includes :
work experience in florist shops
work that involves customer service or handling money
work in plant nurseries
Florists need to be fit and strong, as the job involves a lot of lifting and bending. They should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.
They must not have pollen allergies because flowers might set off allergic reactions.