Floral designers are basically florists. Florists put together, cut, fashion live, dried and fake foliar. The word foliar is having some certain relationship to leaves. Florists make foliar arrangements using many different kinds of wreaths, corsages, centerpieces for tables, and bouquets for special occasions. Florists know everything about flowers including the meaning, history and care.
A florists job is to tell customers how to take care of flowers and plants; talk to customers about what type of arrangement they want to purchase and the price; arrange bouquets,; trim various materials; wrap and pack arrangements; set up displays in store windows, buildings, halls, churches, or any other place where events take place; keep records, take orders and messages; Sell items like gardening books, plant food, containers to keep flowers and plants; may manage if it is a small shop part-time, and take care of books.
Some equipment that florists use are spray paints, floral tape, pruners and wire cutters and foam. Special situations in which florists work are weddings, funerals, anniversaries and holidays.
In large shops that have a staff of floral designers, either the manager of the shop or the head designer oversees the work. In small floral shops, the boss will most likely check over everything the florist does, or someone else would make the designer manage everything. To work in a floral shop, it would be quiet, clean, with plenty of ventilation and serene. It may be cool or very hot if in a greenhouse. If you have allergies, this may not be a good occupation for you as some flowers and plants can cause allergic reactions.
Being exposed to sudden temperature changes going from a cold room to a hot one, or vise/versa, it may give you a cold. Florists can either sit or stand when working. They work about eight hours each day, six days a week. In very big shops, designers that work Saturdays get a day off in the week. At holidays, florists work overtime.
To be a floral designer you will need a high school diploma, vocational classes, a certificate after high school, or training on the job. Classes you can take are, math, horticulture, communications, floriculture and greenhouse operation and management.
A florists earning vary a lot. Shop managers(a non-owner) standard hourly wage is $12.82. A designer earns $6.67 to $9.22. A sales position earns $6.15 to $7.77, while a shop manager(owner) earns $15.71 per hour.
To get a job as a florist, you can probably find part-time work holiday time, although that leaves basically little to no time available to train. Skills you would need would be sketching, molding clay objects, making displays for different exhibits. You can look in newspaper ads, and search websites online such as Classifieds Employment and Yahoo! Careers.