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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for barbers. The national trend for barbers sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $24,145 per year in Arizona, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Phoenix area is home to seventy-six schools of higher education, including eight within twenty-five miles of Phoenix where you can get a degree as a barber. Given that the most common education level for barbers is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Phoenix 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

Maricopa Beauty College LLC - Avondale, AZ

Maricopa Beauty College LLC, 515 W Western Ave, Avondale, AZ 85323. Maricopa Beauty College LLC is a small college located in Avondale, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 154 students. Maricopa Beauty College LLC has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Glendale - Glendale, AZ

Empire Beauty School-Glendale, 10820 N 43rd Ave Ste 12, Glendale, AZ 85304. Empire Beauty School-Glendale is a small school located in Glendale, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 160 students. Empire Beauty School-Glendale has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Empire Beauty School-Avondale - Avondale, AZ

Empire Beauty School-Avondale, 9945 W McDowell Road #112, Avondale, AZ 85323. Empire Beauty School-Avondale is a small school located in Avondale, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 35 students. Empire Beauty School-Avondale has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Empire Beauty School-Paradise Valley - Phoenix, AZ

Empire Beauty School-Paradise Valley, 12827 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Empire Beauty School-Paradise Valley is a small school located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 50 students. Empire Beauty School-Paradise Valley has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Earls Academy of Beauty - Mesa, AZ

Earls Academy of Beauty, 2111 S Alma School Rd Ste 21, Mesa, AZ 85210. Earls Academy of Beauty is a small school located in Mesa, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 262 students. Earls Academy of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

Carsten Institute - Tempe, AZ

Carsten Institute, 3345 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282. Carsten Institute is a small school located in Tempe, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 65 students. Carsten Institute has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Chandler - Chandler, AZ

Empire Beauty School-Chandler, 2978 N Alma School Rd Stes 1-3, Chandler, AZ 85224. Empire Beauty School-Chandler is a small school located in Chandler, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 165 students. Empire Beauty School-Chandler has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix - Glendale, AZ

Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix, 2727 W. Glendale Ave. #200, Glendale, AZ 85051. Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix is a small school located in Glendale, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 200 students. Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Barbers, Board of
Address: 1400 W Washington Street, Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 542-4498
Website: Barbers, Board of

Barber Instructor

Licensing agency: Barbers, Board of
Address: 1400 W Washington Street, Suite 220, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 542-4498
Website: Barbers, Board of

LOCATION INFORMATION: Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona photo by Urban

Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 1,567,924, which has grown by 18.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Phoenix, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Phoenix cost $218,200 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 2,176 new homes were built in Phoenix, down from 6,560 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Phoenix are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 22.7% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Phoenix is 10.0%, which is greater than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Phoenix residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. San Francisco Xavier and Good Shepherd Convent are among the churches located in Phoenix. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Phoenix is home to the Arizona Highway Patrol Headquarters and the Gila Valley Lookout as well as Indian Bend Park and Stephen Park. Shopping centers in the area include Alta Vista Shopping Center, Arcadia Plaza Shopping Center and Arcadia Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Phoenix can choose from Four Seasons Limousine LLC, Maricopa Manor B&B Inn and Motel 6 for temporary stays in the area.