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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Little Rock, Arkansas

For those living in the Little Rock, Arkansas area, there are many career and education opportunities for manicurists. There are currently 150 jobs for manicurists in Arkansas and this is projected to grow 33% to 200 jobs 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 approximately $8 per hour or $17,600 yearly on average in Arkansas. Nationally they average about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year. Manicurists earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Arkansas and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are twenty-five schools of higher education in the Little Rock area, including nine within twenty-five miles of Little Rock where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so it will take a short time to learn 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 Little Rock 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Manicurist Training

Ouachita Technical College - Malvern, AR

Ouachita Technical College, One College Cir, Malvern, AR 72104-0816. Ouachita Technical College is a small college located in Malvern, Arkansas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,600 students. Ouachita Technical College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eleven and eighteen students respectively in 2008.

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 one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixteen 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 24 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 less than one year program in Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 31 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 32 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 6 students in 2008.

Pulaski Technical College - North Little Rock, AR

Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118-3347. Pulaski Technical College is a medium sized college located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,092 students. Pulaski Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 16 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, one to two year which graduated 15 students in 2008.

Arkansas Beauty School - Conway, AR

Arkansas Beauty School, 1061 Markham St, Conway, AR 72032. Arkansas Beauty School is a small school located in Conway, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 39 students. Arkansas Beauty School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 45 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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: 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.