Florists prepare floral arrangements such as bouquets, sprays, wreaths and vases of flowers. They also organise the storage, sale and delivery of floral arrangements.
To become a florist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in floristry. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a florist through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Floristry. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Florists may perform the following tasks:
Florists may need to attend flower markets early in the morning. They have a high level of contact with the public.
Florists mainly work for small retail outlets in metropolitan areas and large country towns. Many are self-employed. Some may be employed on a part-time basis. Florists usually begin their careers as floristsâ€™ assistants, which mainly involves serving customers. They then move on to wiring flowers or making up sprays, and eventually to working unsupervised in all areas. The demand for flowers tends to be seasonal, with peak periods being Christmas, Valentineâ€™s Day and Motherâ€™s Day. Advancement opportunities for florists are mainly to supervisory positions and self-employment.