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Florist

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Florist
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€20 - 35 
Related Information:
Florist: 20 - 30
Specialist: 35
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Arranges and designs floral displays and bouquets using both flowers and plants.


The Work header image

Florists sell flowers and plants to the public and 'make up' floral displays to order. Most florists are involved in both selling and 'making up' arrangements, though in some larger shops people do specialise.  
 
Florists take orders over the counter or by telephone and arrange for delivery. They also organise flower relay services for customers who want flowers and a message to be sent to people in other parts of the country. As well as selling flowers, florists may advise customers on general plant care and sell accessories such as vases, baskets and materials for flower arranging.  
 
Many of the everyday duties in a shop are routine and involve dirty and hard work. These include carrying vases to and from the cold store, taking off dead leaves, dusting pot plants, cutting the stems of newly delivered flowers, tidying displays and sweeping the shop floor.  
 
'Making up' work involves preparing and wiring flowers to produce formal displays. These could be sprays, posies, wedding bouquets and funeral wreaths. These set pieces are usually copied from books of designs and photographs. There are occasions when the florist can adapt designs to meet the customer's instructions and when they create new pieces from their own imagination.  
 
The florist may follow a colour scheme. They choose flowers that are available from their suppliers and make up a display that has a good shape and balance. Florists also use artistic flair when they arrange displays for the shop window, including decorations of artificial flowers. Some shops provide displays for churches, exhibition halls and houses for special occasions.  
 
Florists may also be involved in contract work, supplying fresh flowers and plants to offices, hotels and official buildings on a regular basis.  
 
Florists need to build up and liaise with a reliable network of suppliers that will deliver fresh quality flowers daily. They will need to place regular orders to replenish stock. It is important not to order too much stock as it will spoil quite quickly if not used. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Confer with clients regarding price and type of arrangement desired and the date, time, and place of delivery.

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Plan arrangement according to client's requirements, utilizing knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern.

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Water plants, and cut, condition, and clean flowers and foliage for storage.

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Select flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to synthesize and develop new creations.

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Order and purchase flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.

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Wrap and price completed arrangements.

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Trim material and arrange bouquets, wreaths, terrariums, and other items using trimmers, shapers, wire, pins, floral tape, foam, and other materials.

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Perform office and retail service duties such as keeping financial records, serving customers, answering telephones, selling giftware items and receiving payment.

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Inform customers about the care, maintenance, and handling of various flowers and foliage, indoor plants, and other items.

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Decorate or supervise the decoration of buildings, halls, churches, or other facilities for parties, weddings and other occasions.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Selling or Influencing Others:  Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be creative and enjoy working with plants and flowers. You must also enjoy helping people, showing tact and patience while people are choosing flowers for a happy occasion and sympathy with people who require your services in times of family illness or bereavement.  
 
Good number skills and an interest in buying and selling will be useful. They need to be honest and trustworthy in handling payments from customers. Florists should also have the ability to organise their time well. They need excellent hand skills, nimble fingers and good colour vision.  
 
This job would not be suitable for people who are allergic to pollen.


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Go..Florist - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Irish Flowers Council
  Address: Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  Tel: (01) 287 4259
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