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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Los Angeles, California

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for barbers in the Los Angeles, California area. There are currently 5,400 working barbers in California; this should grow 9% to about 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. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn about $11 hourly or $23,510 yearly on average in California and about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as barbers in California earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are 274 schools of higher education in the Los Angeles area, including twenty within twenty-five miles of Los Angeles 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. 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 Los Angeles 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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: Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California photo by Diliff

Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 3,833,995, which has grown by 3.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Los Angeles, 166, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Los Angeles are valued at $361,500 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, seven hundred twelve new homes were built in Los Angeles, down from 1,551 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Los Angeles are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 30 minutes. More than 25.5% of Los Angeles residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.1%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Los Angeles is 13.9%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Los Angeles residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.1%, is more than both the national and state average. All Peoples Christian Church, All Saints Episcopal Church and All Saints Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Los Angeles. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Los Angeles is home to the Balboa Municipal Golf Course and the Angels Flight Railway as well as Hazard Park and State Street Recreation Center. Shopping centers in the area include Encino Junior Shopping Center, Encino Oaks Shopping Center and Encino Town Center Shopping Center. Visitors to Los Angeles can choose from Best Western Mid-Wilshire Plaza, Best Western Westwood Pacific and Alma Lodge for temporary stays in the area.