There are currently an estimated 55,000 florists in the United States. The florist job market is expected to shrink by -6.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are florists?

CareerExplorer rates florists with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 2,000 florists. That number is based on the retirement of 5,600 existing florists.

Are florists in demand?

Although there is a need for floral arrangements to be made for events such as anniversaries, weddings, and funerals, the need for floral designers is expected to go down. This is due to the number of florist shops and grocery stores that offer floral decorations and loose cut flowers (not to mention how many floral businesses there are online). All these avenues make it more convenient for customers to purchase flowers, thus lessening the number of visits people make to florist shops. As a result, employment of florists is projected to go down by 11 percent in florist shops and grow 5 percent in grocery stores.

What’s the supply of florists?

The florist industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Florist job market by state

State Name Employed Florists
California 3,750
Texas 3,320
Florida 2,720
New York 2,400
Illinois 2,070
Ohio 1,750
Missouri 1,570
Pennsylvania 1,530
Washington 1,240
Massachusetts 1,220
Indiana 1,200
Colorado 1,130
New Jersey 1,120
Georgia 1,040
North Carolina 1,030
Michigan 1,030
Wisconsin 1,020
Virginia 1,020
Tennessee 1,020
Minnesota 890
Oregon 830
Louisiana 820
Iowa 710
Maryland 660
Alabama 650
Kentucky 590
South Carolina 590
Utah 560
Oklahoma 550
Connecticut 480
Kansas 470
Nebraska 390
Arizona 370
Nevada 350
West Virginia 330
Arkansas 320
Mississippi 300
Idaho 270
South Dakota 250
Maine 240
New Mexico 230
New Hampshire 210
North Dakota 190
Montana 190
Puerto Rico 160
Hawaii 150
Wyoming 140
District of Columbia 130
Rhode Island 120
Vermont 100
Delaware 90
Alaska 70
Guam 40