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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Ontario, California

Manicurists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Ontario, California area. There are currently 15,100 working manicurists in California; this should grow 27% to 19,200 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $8 per hour or $18,670 annually on average in California and about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in California, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are twenty-two schools of higher education in the Ontario area, including five within twenty-five miles of Ontario where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Ontario 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.
  • 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: Manicurist Training

Salon Success Academy - Upland, CA

Salon Success Academy, 1385 E. Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786. Salon Success Academy is a small school located in Upland, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 188 students. Salon Success Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixty-one students in 2008.

Barstow Community College - Barstow, CA

Barstow Community College, 2700 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311. Barstow Community College is a small college located in Barstow, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,318 students. Barstow Community College has less than one year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated two, six, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Bridges Academy of Beauty - Barstow, CA

Bridges Academy of Beauty, 423 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311. Bridges Academy of Beauty is a small school located in Barstow, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 14 students. Bridges Academy of Beauty has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Marinello School of Beauty - Ontario, CA

Marinello School of Beauty, 940 N. Mountain Ave, Ontario, CA 91764. Marinello School of Beauty is a small school located in Ontario, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 199 students. Marinello School of Beauty has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 89 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 9 students in 2008.

James Albert School of Cosmetology - Ranch Cucamonga, CA

James Albert School of Cosmetology, 9170 Foothill Blvd, Ranch Cucamonga, CA 91730. James Albert School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Ranch Cucamonga, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 34 students. James Albert School of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

LICENSES

Manicurist

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: Ontario, California

Ontario, California
Ontario, California photo by Sfan00_IMG

Ontario is situated in San Bernardino County, California. It has a population of over 171,691, which has grown by 8.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Ontario, 127, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Ontario are priced at $164,100 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, eight new homes were constructed in Ontario, down from three hundred seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Ontario are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 31 minutes. More than 10.5% of Ontario residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 2.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Ontario is 14.9%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Ontario residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 42.0%, is less than both the national and state average. Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, Country Church of Ontario and Grace Missionary Baptist Church are all churches located in Ontario. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Ontario is home to the Ontario Motor Speedway and the West End Multi-Service Center as well as Del Rancho Park and Unity Park. Shopping malls in the area include Galvin Park Shopping Center, Vineyard Freeway Shopping Center and Ontario Vineyard Marketplace Shopping Center. Visitors to Ontario can choose from Best Western Ontario, Best Western Ontario Airport and Amerisuites Ontario Mills for temporary stays in the area.