Florists prepare and sell floral arrangements.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
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.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
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.
Most Florists work in the Retail trade industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Florists||All Jobs Average|
Around 63% of Florists live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
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)
|Age Bracket||Florists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.4||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
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.
- 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)
|Type of Qualification||Florists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.9||10.1|
|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 can be improved through training or experience.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Reading work related information.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
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.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
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.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
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.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Using maths to solve problems.
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.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
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.
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.
Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
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.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
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.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
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).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
See details that are far away.
Read and understand written information.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
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.
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.
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 are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
Talk on the telephone.
96%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Talk with people face-to-face.
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.
Work with people in a group or team.
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.
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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