Florist
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
13d ago

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
  • sales skills
  • knowledge of basic first aid and occupational health and safety procedures.
  • Florists :

  • 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.
  • Entry requirements

    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.

    Secondary education

    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
  • adaptable
  • good with people, and excellent communicators
  • skilled at planning and organising.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for florists includes :

  • work experience in florist shops
  • work that involves customer service or handling money
  • window-dressing work
  • work in plant nurseries
  • Physical requirements

    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.

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