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Characteristics of a successful person in the floral industry
This industry attracts outgoing people with artistic abilities. Consider this program if you are a hands-on learner who enjoys multi-tasking, thrives on creativity and would like to express yourself through the creative medium of flowers.

Job opportunities
This diverse career offers a wide variety of challenging and profitable career choices.

  • Floral designer
  • Greenhouse specialist
  • Interior plant maintenance
  • Marketing/buying
  • Merchandising and display artist
  • Office management for small businesses
  • Production and distribution of floral products
  • Retail florist owner/manager
  • Wedding consultant
  • Wholesale florist
  • Event planner

Internships
Floral Careers students participate in two, six-week internships. The internships are scheduled during peak seasons for the best learning experiences. Internships provide hands-on experience in the industry, and allow students to network with industry personnel which often leads to employment.

  • The first internship takes place throughout the winter holiday season, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.
  • The second internship is during the florists' busy spring season, and may include Easter, Mother's Day, proms, graduation and Memorial Day.

Transfer opportunities
Some Floral Careers students take additional classes at Kirkwood and earn an associate's degree in Parks and Natural Resources, Marketing or Landscape, Nursery and Garden Center Management. For students who want to earn a bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Kirkwood has a transfer agreement with Iowa State University.