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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Tucson, Arizona

If you want to be a hairdresser, the Tucson, Arizona area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 9,780 jobs for hairdressers in Arizona and this is projected to grow by 23% to 12,070 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for hairdressers are expected to grow by about 20.1%. In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

Income for hairdressers is about $11 per hour or $24,410 annually on average in Arizona. Nationally, their income is about $11 hourly or $23,140 annually. Hairdressers earn more than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Arizona and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are seven schools within twenty-five miles of Tucson where you can study to be a hairdresser, among twenty-one schools of higher education total in the Tucson area. Hairdressers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so it will take a short time to learn to be a hairdresser if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Hairdresser

Hairdresser video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. They also may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Hairdressers analyze customers' hair and other physical features to establish and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes. Equally important, hairdressers have to update and take care of customer data records. They are often called upon to keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs. They are expected to apply water, setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair. Finally, hairdressers comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Every day, hairdressers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for hairdressers to massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands or vibrating equipment. They are often called upon to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax. They also administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions. They are sometimes expected to operate cash registers to receive payments from customers. Somewhat less frequently, hairdressers are also expected to bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes.

and cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, on the basis of customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. And finally, they sometimes have to comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Like many other jobs, hairdressers must believe in cooperation and coordination and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Tucson include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Hairdresser Training

Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson - Tucson, AZ

Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson, 7225 E. Broadway Blvd.-Ste 170, Tucson, AZ 85710. Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 105 students and an admission rate of 60%. Regency Beauty Institute-Tucson has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twelve students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Tucson - Tucson, AZ

Empire Beauty School-Tucson, 3030 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716. Empire Beauty School-Tucson is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 250 students. Empire Beauty School-Tucson has 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 100 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year.

Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc - Tucson, AZ

Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc, 5631 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712. Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 43 students. Arizona Academy of Beauty Inc has 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 25 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other Specialties, less than one year.

Empire Beauty School-North Tucson - Tucson, AZ

Empire Beauty School-North Tucson, 4343 N. Oracle Rd. # I, Tucson, AZ 85705. Empire Beauty School-North Tucson is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 125 students. Empire Beauty School-North Tucson has 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 64 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year.

Tucson College of Beauty - Tucson, AZ

Tucson College of Beauty, 3955 N Flowing Wells Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705. Tucson College of Beauty is a small college located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 83 students and an admission rate of 100%. Tucson College of Beauty has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-four students in 2008.

Arizona Academy of Beauty-North - Tucson, AZ

Arizona Academy of Beauty-North, 4066 N Oracle, Tucson, AZ 85705. Arizona Academy of Beauty-North is a small school located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 49 students. Arizona Academy of Beauty-North has 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year and one to two year which graduated six and twenty-seven students respectively in 2008.
  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other Specialties, less than one year.

Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ

Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix, 10217 N. Metro Pkwy W., Phoenix, AZ 85710. Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix is a small school located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 84 students and an admission rate of 71%. Regency Beauty Institute-Phoenix has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated two students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician: CPCT certification can be used to demonstrate advanced skill in permanent cosmetics to employers and clients to help advance ones career.

For more information, see the Allied Health Association website.

LICENSES

Cosmetologist, Aesthetician, and Nail Technologist (License)

Licensing agency: Cosmetology, Board of
Address: 1721 E Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

Phone: (480) 784-4539
Website: Cosmetology, Board of

LOCATION INFORMATION: Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona photo by Howcheng

Tucson is situated in Pima County, Arizona. It has a population of over 541,811, which has grown by 11.3% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Tucson, 88, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Tucson are priced at $179,100 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred sixty-five new homes were built in Tucson, down from 1,131 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Tucson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 22.9% of Tucson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Tucson is 9.2%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Tucson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.9%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Tucson is home to the Arizona Correctional Training Facility and the Silverbell Golf Course as well as Vista del Pueblo Park and Verde Meadows Park. Shopping centers in the area include Gaslight Square Shopping Center, Grant Park Shopping Center and Grant Plaza South Shopping Center. Visitors to Tucson can choose from LA Quinta, Casa Tierra Adobe B & B Inn and Best Western Executive Inn for temporary stays in the area.