Florists

ANZSCO ID 3621

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
7,000
Future Growth
0%
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
48%
Female Share
92%
Average age
40

Summary

Florists prepare and sell floral arrangements.

Tasks

  • planning and designing floral arrangements

  • arranging supply and storage of flowers, greenery, decorations and other items

  • treating flowers to extend their life

  • selecting, trimming and arranging flowers and other materials

  • packing, wrapping, and attaching message cards to, and organising delivery of, completed arrangements

  • serving customers and accepting payments

  • advising customers on the selection of flowers and floral arrangements

  • may decorate hotels, churches, halls and other facilities for special events

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Below average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.

Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.

Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
0%
(or 0 jobs)
From
6,100
in 2021
To
6,100
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 7,900
2012 6,900
2013 4,800
2014 4,100
2015 7,500
2016 7,200
2017 5,600
2018 5,000
2019 9,900
2020 6,400
2021 6,100
2026 6,100

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 48% of people employed as Florists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 18 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 46 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Retail Trade
90.5%
2
Wholesale Trade
4.1%
3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
4.1%
  • Most Florists work in the Retail trade industry.

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.


Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

34.0% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

26.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

18.2% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.3% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

10.6% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.9% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.3% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.4% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Florists All Jobs Average
NSW 34.0 31.6
VIC 26.5 25.6
QLD 18.2 20.0
SA 7.3 7.0
WA 10.6 10.8
TAS 1.9 2.0
NT 0.3 1.0
ACT 1.4 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
40
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
92%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Florists is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 92% of the workforce. This is 44 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Florists All Jobs Average
15-19 4.0 5.0
20-24 8.8 9.3
25-34 23.8 22.9
35-44 25.1 22.0
45-54 21.8 21.6
55-59 7.4 9.0
60-64 4.7 6.0
65 and Over 4.4 4.2
Median Age 40 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Florist. Although some workers have a certificate III or IV in floristry.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Floristry VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Florists All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 1.9 10.1
Bachelor degree 12.0 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.7 11.6
Certificate III/IV 39.5 21.1
Year 12 17.1 18.1
Year 11 4.8 4.8
Year 10 and below 13.0 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Florists who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 48%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 48%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 45%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 43%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 43%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 43%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 41%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 41%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 41%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 41%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 39%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 39%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  • 39%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 37%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 36%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 32%

    Management of material resources

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  • 32%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 30%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 30%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 51%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 49%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 46%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 45%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 44%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 41%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 34%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 32%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 32%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 30%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 30%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 27%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 27%

    Fine arts

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  • 25%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 24%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 21%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 18%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  • 18%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 17%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 15%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 57%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 55%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 54%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 50%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 48%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 45%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 45%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 45%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 45%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 45%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 45%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 43%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 43%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 43%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 43%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 41%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 39%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 37%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 34%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 32%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 63%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 59%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 59%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 59%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 58%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 55%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 51%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 49%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 49%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 49%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 47%

    Managing payments and orders

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  • 47%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 46%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 45%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 43%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 41%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 39%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 39%

    Influencing people

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  • 36%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 35%

    Providing office support

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 90%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 71%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 62%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 38%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 33%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 14%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 67%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 67%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 43%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 43%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 38%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 97%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 96%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 95%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 92%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 91%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 91%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 88%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 85%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 85%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 84%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 84%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 83%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 83%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 80%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 78%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 77%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 74%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 68%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  • 68%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 67%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1023.00 - Floral Designers.


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