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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Birmingham, Alabama

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for barbers in the Birmingham, Alabama area. The national trend for barbers sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

The income of a barber is about $9 per hour or $19,020 yearly on average in Alabama. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year on average. Incomes for barbers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Alabama, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are three schools within twenty-five miles of Birmingham where you can study to be a barber, among fifteen schools of higher education total in the Birmingham area. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying to be a barber if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Barber

In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers clean and sterilize scissors, combs and other instruments. They also cut and trim hair in line with patrons' instructions and/or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors. Equally important, barbers have to question customers regarding desired services and haircut styles. They are often called upon to clean work stations and sweep floors. They are expected to drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders. Finally, barbers shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.

Every day, barbers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for barbers to order supplies. They are often called upon to keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit. They also apply lather; and shave beards, or neck and temple hair contours, using razors. They are sometimes expected to recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies. Somewhat less frequently, barbers are also expected to keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit.

And finally, they sometimes have to clean work stations and sweep floors.

Like many other jobs, barbers must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Birmingham include:

  • Hairdresser. Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
  • Makeup Artist. Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
  • Manicurist. Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus - Birmingham, AL

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus, 3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221-1717. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus is a small college located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,507 students. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twelve and seventeen students respectively in 2008.

Alabama State College of Barber Styling - Birmingham, AL

Alabama State College of Barber Styling, 9480 Parkway E, Birmingham, AL 35215-8308. Alabama State College of Barber Styling is a small college located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15 students. Alabama State College of Barber Styling has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twenty-four students in 2008.

Bevill State Community College - Sumiton, AL

Bevill State Community College, 101 State St, Sumiton, AL 35148. Bevill State Community College is a small college located in Sumiton, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,860 students. Bevill State Community College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated eleven and zero students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama photo by Eric_in_SF

Birmingham is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. It has a population of over 228,798, which has shrunk by 5.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Birmingham, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Birmingham cost $187,300 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-two new homes were built in Birmingham, down from two hundred thirty-two the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Birmingham are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 18.5% of Birmingham residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Birmingham is 12.5%, which is greater than Alabama's average of 10.7%.

The percentage of Birmingham residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 60.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Williams Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Westminister Presbyterian Church and West End Methodist Church are all churches located in Birmingham. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Birmingham is home to the Mineral Park Municipal Golf Course and the Cooper Green Golf Course as well as Avondale Mills Park and Smithfield Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Acipco Shopping Center, Altadena Square Shopping Center and Parkway East Huffman Shopping Center. Visitors to Birmingham can choose from Marriott Hotel Birmingham, Rime Garden Extended Stay Suites and Studioplus for temporary stays in the area.