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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Irvine, California

If you want to be a barber, the Irvine, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 5,400 working barbers in California; this should grow 9% to 5,900 working barbers in the state 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. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

A person working as a barber can expect to earn about $11 per hour or $23,510 annually on average in California and about $11 hourly or $24,050 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for barbers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in California and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are 112 schools of higher education in the Irvine area, including seven within twenty-five miles of Irvine where you can get a degree to start your career 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 Irvine 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

Hair California Beauty Academy - Orange, CA

Hair California Beauty Academy, 1110 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867. Hair California Beauty Academy is a small school located in Orange, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 182 students. Hair California Beauty Academy has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

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

Asian American International Beauty College - Westminster, CA

Asian American International Beauty College, 7871 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683. Asian American International Beauty College is a small college located in Westminster, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 158 students and an admission rate of 93%. Asian American International Beauty College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

James Albert School of Cosmetology - Anaheim, CA

James Albert School of Cosmetology, 2289 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804. James Albert School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Anaheim, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 52 students. James Albert School of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

James Albert School of Cosmetology - Costa Mesa, CA

James Albert School of Cosmetology, 1835 Newport Blvd Ste A102, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3831. James Albert School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Costa Mesa, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 43 students. James Albert School of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

John Wesley International Barber & Beauty College - Garden Grove, CA

John Wesley International Barber & Beauty College, 11883 Valley View St, Garden Grove, CA 92845-4321. John Wesley International Barber & Beauty College is a small college located in Garden Grove, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 18 students. John Wesley International Barber & Beauty College has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber.

Career Academy of Beauty - West Garden Grove, CA

Career Academy of Beauty, 12471 Valley View, West Garden Grove, CA 92845-0000. Career Academy of Beauty is a small school located in West Garden Grove, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 90 students. Career Academy of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

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.

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: Irvine, California

Irvine, California
Irvine, California photo by SoCal L.A.

Irvine is situated in Orange County, California. It has a population of over 207,500, which has grown by 45.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Irvine, 136, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Irvine are valued at $283,000 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, one hundred twenty-five new homes were built in Irvine, down from two hundred twenty-nine the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Irvine are educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and health care. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, educational services, and computer and electronic products. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 58.4% of Irvine residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 24.2%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Irvine is 7.3%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Irvine residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.8%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Irvine is home to the International Raceway and the Heritage Park Library as well as Heritage Park and Alderwood Park. Shopping centers in the area include Heritage Plaza Shopping Center, Alton Square Shopping Center and Arbor Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Irvine can choose from Atrium Hotel At Orange County Airport and Amerilodge Electronics for temporary stays in the area.