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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Fort Smith, Arkansas

There are many career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area. About 150 people are currently employed as manicurists in Arkansas. By 2016, this is expected to grow 33% to 200 people employed. 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 approximately $8 hourly or $17,600 yearly on average in Arkansas. Nationally they average about $9 per hour or $19,670 yearly. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as manicurists in Arkansas earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are nine schools of higher education in the Fort Smith area, including three within twenty-five miles of Fort Smith where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Fort Smith include:

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  • 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Manicurist Training

Arthur's Beauty College Inc-Fort Smith - Fort Smith, AR

Arthur's Beauty College Inc-Fort Smith, 2000 North B St, Fort Smith, AR 72901-3342. Arthur's Beauty College Inc-Fort Smith is a small college located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 35 students. Arthur's Beauty College Inc-Fort Smith has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 20 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 6 students in 2008.

Poteau Beauty College - Poteau, OK

Poteau Beauty College, 301 Turman, Poteau, OK 74953. Poteau Beauty College is a small college located in Poteau, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 48 students. Poteau Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 14 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Mellies Beauty College - Fort Smith, AR

Mellies Beauty College, 311 S 16th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Mellies Beauty College is a small college located in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 99 students. Mellies Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 28 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Licensing agency: Arkansas Department of Health
Address: Cosmetology Section, 101 East Capitol, Suite 108, Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: (501) 682-2168
Website: Arkansas Department of Health Cosmetology Section

LOCATION INFORMATION: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas photo by Infrogmation

Fort Smith is located in Sebastian County, Arkansas. It has a population of over 84,716, which has grown by 5.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Fort Smith, 82, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Fort Smith are priced at $151,400 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, two hundred one new homes were constructed in Fort Smith, down from two hundred ninety-four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Fort Smith are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is food, construction, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 17 minutes. More than 18.6% of Fort Smith residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Fort Smith is 8.1%, which is greater than Arkansas's average of 6.9%.

The percentage of Fort Smith residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 68.8%, is more than both the national and state average. Mallalieu United Methodist Church, Loves Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Church and King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church are among the churches located in Fort Smith. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Fort Smith is home to the Fort Smith Trolly Museum and the Fort Smith Inter-Faith Community Center as well as Riverfront Park and Kay Rodgers Park. Shopping centers in the area include Laville Shopping Center, Maybranch Shopping Center and Midland Mall Shopping Center. Visitors to Fort Smith can choose from Patel P L, Westark Inn Motel and Stonewall Jackson Inn for temporary stays in the area.