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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in El Monte, California

If you want to be a barber, the El Monte, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 5,400 jobs for barbers in California and this is projected to grow by 9% to 5,900 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for barbers, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn approximately $11 hourly or $23,510 per year on average in California. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 annually. Barbers earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in California and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are fourteen schools within twenty-five miles of El Monte where you can study to be a barber, among 210 schools of higher education total in the El Monte area. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 El Monte 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.
  • 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: Barber Training

Thuy Princess Beauty College - Pomona, CA

Thuy Princess Beauty College, 252 E Second St, Pomona, CA 91766. Thuy Princess Beauty College is a small college located in Pomona, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 27 students. Thuy Princess Beauty College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Newberry School of Beauty - Granada Hills, CA

Newberry School of Beauty, 16860 Devonshire Blvd, Granada Hills, CA 91344-7401. Newberry School of Beauty is a small school located in Granada Hills, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 187 students. Newberry School of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Academy of Barbering Arts - Northridge, CA

Academy of Barbering Arts, 19557 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324. Academy of Barbering Arts is a small school located in Northridge, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 93 students. Academy of Barbering Arts has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twenty students in 2008.

Universal College of Beauty Inc - Los Angeles, CA

Universal College of Beauty Inc, 8619 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044. Universal College of Beauty Inc is a small college located in Los Angeles, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 30 students. Universal College of Beauty Inc has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Western Beauty Institute - Panorama City, CA

Western Beauty Institute, 8700 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402. Western Beauty Institute is a small school located in Panorama City, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 644 students. Western Beauty Institute has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated eight students in 2008.

Universal College of Beauty Inc - Los Angeles, CA

Universal College of Beauty Inc, 3419 W 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Universal College of Beauty Inc is a small college located in Los Angeles, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 42 students. Universal College of Beauty Inc has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education - Baldwin Park, CA

Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education, 4640 Maine Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706-4221. Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education is a small school located in Baldwin Park, California. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 1,400 students. Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated eighty-five students in 2008.

Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education - Pomona, CA

Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education, 1515 W Mission Blvd, Pomona, CA 91766-1233. Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education is a small school located in Pomona, California. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 3,180 students. Pomona Unified School District Adult and Career Education has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twenty-seven students in 2008.

Palace Beauty College - Los Angeles, CA

Palace Beauty College, 1517 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006. Palace Beauty College is a small college located in Los Angeles, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 20 students. Palace Beauty College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Healthy Hair Academy - Inglewood, CA

Healthy Hair Academy, 2648 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303. Healthy Hair Academy is a small school located in Inglewood, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 25 students and an admission rate of 97%. Healthy Hair Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated eight students in 2008.

Lancaster Beauty School - Lancaster, CA

Lancaster Beauty School, 44646 N 10th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534. Lancaster Beauty School is a small school located in Lancaster, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 170 students. Lancaster Beauty School has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated eight students in 2008.

Professional Institute of Beauty - El Monte, CA

Professional Institute of Beauty, 10801 E. Valley Mall, El Monte, CA 91731. Professional Institute of Beauty is a small school located in El Monte, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 92 students. Professional Institute of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

John Wesley International Barber and Beauty College - Long Beach, CA

John Wesley International Barber and Beauty College, 717 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813. John Wesley International Barber and Beauty College is a small college located in Long Beach, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 58 students. John Wesley International Barber and Beauty College has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twenty-five students in 2008.

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy - Santa Monica, CA

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, 1358 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy is a small school located in Santa Monica, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 45 students. Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

LICENSES

Apprentice

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer Affairs
Address: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, P.O. Box 944226, Sacramento, CA 94244-2260

Phone: (800) 952-5210
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

Barber

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer Affairs
Address: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, P.O. Box 944226, Sacramento, CA 94244-2260

Phone: (800) 952-5210
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

LOCATION INFORMATION: El Monte, California

El Monte, California
El Monte, California photo by Bobak

El Monte is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 121,791, which has grown by 5.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in El Monte, 150, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in El Monte are valued at $172,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, thirty-three new homes were built in El Monte, down from ninety-nine the previous year.

The three big industries for women in El Monte are apparel, health care, and educational services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 27 minutes. More than 7.1% of El Monte residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 2.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in El Monte is 15.5%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of El Monte residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Trinity Reformed Church, Immanuel Episcopal Church and El Monte Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church are some of the churches located in El Monte. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

El Monte is home to the El Monte Branch County of Los Angeles Public Library and the Norwood Branch County of Los Angeles Public Library as well as Arceo Park and Pioneer Park. Shopping centers in the area include Five Points Plaza Shopping Center and El Monte Shopping Center.