Barbers

General Information

Description

Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Personal Care Services
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

Job Outlook

Overall employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of barbers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair care services. Employment of hairstylists and cosmetologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$32,510

State-by-state Salary

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$44,180
$18,750
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 28%
  • High school 24%
  • Less than high school 20%
  • Some college 11%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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