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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Little Rock, Arkansas

Barber career and educational opportunities abound in Little Rock, Arkansas. 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 $10 per hour or $21,176 per year in Arkansas, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Little Rock area is home to twenty-five schools of higher education, including eight within twenty-five miles of Little Rock where you can get a degree as a barber. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. It will take a short time to learn 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 Little Rock 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

Velvatex College of Beauty Culture - Little Rock, AR

Velvatex College of Beauty Culture, 1520 Martin Luther King Dr, Little Rock, AR 72202-5452. Velvatex College of Beauty Culture is a small college located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 20 students. Velvatex College of Beauty Culture has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Lees School of Cosmetology - North Little Rock, AR

Lees School of Cosmetology, 2700 W. Pershing Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 72114-3800. Lees School of Cosmetology is a small school located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 41 students. Lees School of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway - Conway, AR

Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway, 2320 Washington Ave, Conway, AR 72032. Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway is a small school located in Conway, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 35 students. Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Arkansas Beauty School - Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Beauty School, 5108 Baseline Rd, Little Rock, AR 72209. Arkansas Beauty School is a small school located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 35 students. Arkansas Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Bee Jays Academy - Little Rock, AR

Bee Jays Academy, 1907 Hinson Loop, Little Rock, AR 72212. Bee Jays Academy is a small school located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 27 students. Bee Jays Academy has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

New Tyler Barber College Inc - North Little Rock, AR

New Tyler Barber College Inc, 1221 E 7th St, North Little Rock, AR 72114-4973. New Tyler Barber College Inc is a small college located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 65 students. New Tyler Barber College Inc has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 45 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year.

Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design - North Little Rock, AR

Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design, 200 E Washington Ave, North Little Rock, AR 72114. Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design is a small college located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 104 students. Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 51 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 5 students in 2008.

Arthur's Beauty College Inc - Jacksonville, AR

Arthur's Beauty College Inc, 2600 John Harden Dr, Jacksonville, AR 72076. Arthur's Beauty College Inc is a small college located in Jacksonville, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 50 students. Arthur's Beauty College Inc has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber (Registered)

Licensing agency: Arkansas State Board of Barber Examiners
Address: 501 Woodlane, Suite 212N, Little Rock, AR 72201-1025

Phone: (501) 682-4035
Website: Arkansas State Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas photo by Broooooooce

Little Rock is located in Pulaski County, Arkansas. It has a population of over 189,515, which has grown by 3.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Little Rock, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Little Rock cost $236,400 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, three hundred sixty-one new homes were built in Little Rock, down from seven hundred thirty-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Little Rock are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 35.5% of Little Rock residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Little Rock is 6.1%, which is less than Arkansas's average of 6.9%.

The percentage of Little Rock residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 59.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Macedonia Spiritual Church, Baseline Christian Church and Baseline Missionary Baptist Church are all churches located in Little Rock. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Little Rock is home to the Rock Creek Golf Course and the Barton Coliseum as well as McArthur Park Historic District and Meriwether Park. Shopping malls in the area include Mainstreet Market Shopping Center, Market Street Plaza Shopping Center and Markham Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Little Rock can choose from LA Quinta - Inns- Medical Center Area, Hampton Inn & Suites and Acme Motel for temporary stays in the area.