A Professional Florist is a person who has trained in beginning as well as advanced levels of all floral shop operations. That training is necessary for those individuals who wish to be at an advanced level of competence and who wish to own or operate their own flower shop at some point in their career. Skill development includes training in basic, advanced and contemporary design, flower shop operations, selling merchandise, floral software and computer operations, as well as advanced wedding and funeral design training. Many other duties include caring for foliage and flowering plants, processing cut flowers and foliages and taking orders both over the phone and in person. To be a Professional Florist a person must have special personal qualities. Some of these qualities include the ability to work well with others, the desire to be part of a team, manual dexterity, good communication skills, the ability to be a self starter and the desire to help others. Many orders are general in nature and it is up to the Professional Florist to assist the customer in selecting the appropriate colors and types of flowers and plants to express the desired sentiment.