Florists design and create flower and plant arrangements, bouquets, and wreaths.

What does a florist do?

As a florist you would:

  • help customers choose suitable flowers and plants
  • make up bouquets and arrangements
  • advise customers on flower/plant care
  • set up displays, e.g. at conferences or exhibitions
  • deliver customers' orders 

What do I need to do to become a florist?

You need to love plants and flowers to be a florist. You also need practical skills, creativity and artistic talent. Usually florists train on the job, often completing work-based qualifications. You may be able to start this job through an apprenticeship.

To find work, you need a keen interest in floristry and good customer care skills. Previous experience in retail would be useful although not essential.

You could learn some of the skills needed by taking a floristry course at a local college.

Related skills

  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • Physical fitness

Related subjects

  • Art

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could work in a shop or on an outside stall. You’d spend time in a workroom making up flower arrangements. You may also need to travel to wholesalers, nurseries or make deliveries to customers.

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