Stepping stones to a rewarding career

Career pathways in floriculture

Floriculture involves propagating, growing and marketing cut flowers, flower seeds and seedlings, bulb growing, nursery operation, chemical protection of plants, post-harvest storage and handling and use of preservatives.

It’s estimated that there are at least 5,000 flower growers in Australia. The flower industry in Australia is worth about $1 billion a year. About 10 per cent of production is exported, the rest being sold on the domestic market.

The national peak body is the Australian Flower Council.

Work in the flower growing sector includes:

  • Growing and harvesting of commercial flower, flower seed, foliage and essential oil crops
  • Management and maintenance of field and controlled growing environments
  • Post harvest treatments and production of plant products
  • Wild harvesting and processing of commercial flower, flower seed, foliage and essential oil crops

Floriculture or flower growing can provide an interesting and exciting career for those seeking outdoor work involving growing, harvesting and preparing flowers and foliage for sale.

Floriculture businesses produce fresh and dried flowers and foliage for wholesale flower markets, florists and retail outlets, and increasingly for overseas exporting. The range of different flowers and foliage is immense and could include roses, carnations, orchids, native flowers, bulb and annual flowers, and tropical flowers. Some flower farms also grow flowers in open fields for their essential oils.

Jobs and qualifications

Floricultural Assistant Certificate I in Horticulture »
Floricultural Worker Certificate II in Horticulture (Floriculture) »
Floricultural Tradesperson Certificate III in Floriculture »
Floricultural Supervisor Certificate IV in Horticulture (Floriculture) »
Floricultural Manager Diploma of Horticulture (Floriculture) »
Floricultural Business Manager Advanced Diploma of Horticulture or Rural Business Management »
Floricultural Assistant

Floricultural assistant jobs are usually the beginning of a career in the floriculture industry. Work undertaken usually involves direct supervision and can include planting and picking crops and carrying out basic post harvest processes such as dipping, grading and sorting.

Floricultural Worker

The floricultural worker will be involved in a wide range of growing and harvesting tasks under limited supervision. Tasks include operating tractors and equipment, undertaking irrigation activities, establishing and maintaining crops and treating weeds, pests and diseases.

Floricultural Tradesperson

The floricultural tradesperson is a skilled worker who has responsibility for a number of workers and growing activities. These include preparing soils for planting, implementing crop plantings and maintenance programs, coordinating harvesting and supervising work site activities.

Floricultural Supervisor

A floricultural supervisor will have significant responsibilities in managing flower growing and harvesting activities, including developing plant nutrition programs, supervising staff, machinery and supplies and operating within budgets.

Floricultural Manager

The floricultural manager will have significant responsibilities for managing growing and harvesting and related property activities. These include developing planting programs and production plans, preparing and monitoring budget and financial reports and managing business operations.

Floricultural Business Manager

The floricultural business manager has responsibility for ensuring that the floriculture enterprise is successfully managed. Responsibilities will include business planning, managing people, physical resources and business capital and marketing and promotion.