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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Tucson, Arizona

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Tucson, Arizona area. There are currently 1,880 working manicurists in Arizona; this should grow by 42% to 2,670 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn about $8 per hour or $18,090 annually on average in Arizona and about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as manicurists in Arizona earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

The Tucson area is home to twenty-one schools of higher education, including seven within twenty-five miles of Tucson where you can get a degree as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying to be a manicurist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Manicurist

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

In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. They also may polish or decorate nails.

Manicurists clean and sanitize tools and work environments. They also advise patrons on nail care and use of products and colors. Equally important, manicurists have to apply undercoats and clear or colored polish onto nails with brushes. They are often called upon to shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, and emery boards. They are expected to remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs. Finally, manicurists treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping, or furnish treatment to nail biters.

Every day, manicurists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for manicurists to attach paper forms to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails. They are often called upon to brush powder and solvent onto nails and paper forms to preserve nail appearance and to extend nails, then remove forms and shape and smooth nail edges using rotary abrasive wheel. They also decorate patrons' nails by piercing them or attaching ornaments or designs. They are sometimes expected to roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel. Somewhat less frequently, manicurists are also expected to clean customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.

Manicurists sometimes are asked to polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer. and soften nail cuticles with water and oil, push back cuticles, using cuticle knife, and trim cuticles, using scissors or nippers. And finally, they sometimes have to whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencil.

Like many other jobs, manicurists must be reliable 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Manicurist 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 Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 100 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 20 students in 2008.

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 Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 25 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

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 Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 64 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

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 a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six and twenty-seven students respectively in 2008.

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.

LICENSES

Cosmetology, Aesthetician, Nail Technologist Instructor (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.