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Florist

Florists sell flowers and design bouquets for weddings, funerals and special occasions.

Potential salary
£10,750 to £20,000
Working hours
28 to 30 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • active listening skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • talking to customers about their needs and helping them choose flowers and plants
  • taking orders in person, on the phone and online
  • keeping flowers in perfect condition
  • preparing arrangements for weddings, celebrations and funerals
  • learning floristry skills like wiring and presentation
  • giving plant care advice
  • setting up flower displays at events
  • cleaning vases and keeping the shop tidy

You could work on a market stall, at a store or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be cool.

With experience, you could start your own business or become a freelance floral decorator, doing exhibition work, demonstrations and teaching.

You can find out more about working and training in floristry through the British Florist Association.

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