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Job Prospects

Job Prospects... At a glance

Job prospects for florists are average. This occupation is not large, but there opportunities for experienced or qualified florist. A florist’s income tends to be quite low.

How to become a florist

What they do

Florists make floral arrangements and sell flowers. Some also go out on locations and decorate with flowers.

Their tasks may include:

  • 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
  • decorating hotels, churches, halls and other facilities for special events.


There are no entry requirements to work as a florist. However, there are options for florists who want to get qualified, or people who are looking to get into the industry with a qualification.

The Primary ITO offers a National Certificate in Floristry at Levels 2 and level 4.  These are offered to people already employed as florists and rely mostly on on-the-job training.

A few polytechnics also offer qualifications in floristry. These are mainly for students who are looking to become florists and want to increase their chances of finding a job by getting a qualification. Manukau Institute of Technology offers a New Zealand Certificate in Floristry (Levels 2, 3 and 4). Wintec offers a Certificate in Floristry Practice (Level 3). The Southern Institute of Technology offers a New Zealand Certificate in Floristry (Level 2), and a Certificate in Commercial Floristry (Level 3). The shortest of these courses lasts for 18 weeks, and the longest a year.

The New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme is available for anyone over the age of 16, and is subsidised by the government. More information on the scheme is on the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) website.


Cost of study

National Certificate in Floristry (Level 4)

Completing a National Certificate in Floristry (Level 4) through the Primary ITO costs around $800 in fees. There may be additional costs. Students who do this training can earn money while they are training for a qualification, as most training is on the job.

Studying at a polytechnic will usually be more expensive than training through the ITO (although note that some polytechnics may have zero fees schemes). Polytechnics are a good option for prospective florists who are finding it hard to get employment without a qualification.

First time students may be eligible for  fees-free tertiary education for their first year of study, which will reduce the total cost. For more information about fees-free eligibility, go to Further costs include materials, textbooks, and accommodation.

Rents vary from place to place. Estimated market rents by region, city and suburb are available on the MBIE Tenancy Services website.

The StudyLink website provides general budget advice for students, and the Sorted website provides help with detailed budget planning.

Tenancy Services: 

Where to study

New Zealand Professional Florists is a standard setting organization within the floral industry that provides training, assessments and mentoring to florists throughout New Zealand. .

Floristry can also be studied at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) in Invercargill, Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) in Auckland, and Waikato institute of Technology (WINTEC) in Hamilton.

NZ Professional Florists:

Completed qualifications

The number of students completing a Level 4 certificate in Floristry is not large.

Qualification completions chart

Source: Ministry of Education

Income and employment prospects


The annual income for florists is estimated to be around $28,000. This low income is an indication that part-time work is common in this occupation. New florists are likely to start out on or close to the minimum wage.

Estimated Average Income

Source: MBIE estimates based on Statistics NZ Census and Labour Cost Index

Employment and skill shortages

Florists’ employment

HistoricProjected Growth
2006 2013 2023 2028
1,467 1,188 1,190 1,240
  -3.0% 0.1% 0.6%

Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections. Percentages are compound annual growth rates.
* Growth projections are based on the category “Horticultural Trades Workers”.

From 2006 to 2013, the number of florists in employment decreased by almost 3% yearly. Employment numbers are projected to stabilise until 2023, and rise slightly to 2018.

Employment chart


Source: Statistics NZ Census and MBIE projections

Outcomes after qualification completion*

OverseasIn further studyReceiving a benefitIn employmentMedian Salary
13% 39% 8% 56% $34,000

Source: Tertiary Education Commission.
*Three years after completion of L4 Certificate -Floristry.

Three years after completing a certificate in floristry, most graduates are employed or overseas. A  large proportion is in  further study three years after completing their certificate. Few are receiving a benefit. The median salary three years after completion was around $34,000. 

Florists are not on Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists.

Immigration NZ, skill shortage list:

Where to find job vacancies

Florist vacancies are advertised through websites such as TradeMe Jobs and Seek.

TradeMe Jobs: 

Career path

Florists usually work in florist shops, supermarkets, or flower growers. As florists gain experience, they can be given more responsibility in the job. Some florists go on to establish their own florist shops.

Related occupations

The following occupations are related roles or alternative titles. Some of the roles may require a higher level of skill than entry-level florists.

  • Floral Designer
  • Flower Seller
  • Nursery Grower
  • Retail Sales Assistant
  • Visual Merchandiser

Other information


More information on florists is available on the Careers New Zealand website and through the "Just the Job" video.

Careers New Zealand:
Just the Job video clip: A Career in Floristry


The Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is the official classification of occupations in New Zealand.

The occupation of florists has been coded to the following ANZSCO code for the purpose of this report:

3621 – Florists