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Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists

Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists
Quick Facts : Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists*
2010 Median Pay$22,500
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012712,200
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change100,900

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists focus on providing hair and beauty services to enhance clients? appearance. Those who operate their own barbershops or salons have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.

What Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists Do

  • Discuss hairstyle options
  • Wash, color, and condition hair
  • Cut or trim, dry, and style hair
  • Receive payments from clients
  • Clean and sanitize all tools and work areas

Work Environment

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists mostly work in a barbershop or salon. Physical stamina is important, because workers are on their feet for most of their shift. Many work part time, and nearly half were self-employed in 2010.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of barbers, hairdressers, cosmetologists, and shampooers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010 the average hourly wage of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists was $10.82.
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Becoming a Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.
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