A floriculturist cultivates flowering and ornamental plants for gardens and for the floral industry. Floriculturists with advanced degrees are often found in universities and in the horticulture industry in research and teaching positions developing and breeding new varieties of flowers. Floriculture work takes place in greenhouses, in laboratories and in outdoor test gardens.
The minimum education requirement for an entry-level position is a high school diploma. However, research and higher level positions typically require a Masters degree or Ph.D. depending on the job. Those with advanced degrees often teach courses in floriculture in addition to their research projects.
WHERE TO STUDY
For 2- and 4-year college and university programs across the country, visit our Where to Study page.
In August 2020, the median yearly salary for a floriculturist was $75,324, according to Study.com. For more information, visit Study.com's Floriculturist Profile.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Floral Endowment
- American Institute of Floral Designers
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- Independent Floral Designers Association
- International Floral Design Association
- Society of American Florists
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
Learn about floriculture opportunities from the American Floral Endowment.