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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Orange, California

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for barbers in the Orange, California area. There are currently 5,400 working barbers in California; this should grow by 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. 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 yearly on average in California. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year. 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 ninety-two schools of higher education in the Orange area, including seven within twenty-five miles of Orange where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Orange 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: Orange, California

Orange, California
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Orange is located in Orange County, California. It has a population of over 136,392, which has grown by 5.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Orange, 134, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Orange are priced at $136,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, ninety-nine new homes were built in Orange, down from two hundred sixty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Orange are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 28.0% of Orange residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Orange is 8.9%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Orange 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.

Orange is home to the El Modena Branch Orange Public Library and the Santiago Golf Course as well as Plaza Historic District and Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Shopping malls in the area include Village Plaza Shopping Center, Villa Park Town Center Shopping Center and Mall of Orange Shopping Center. Visitors to Orange can choose from Anaheim-Days Inn Orange, 7 Crowns Motel and American Inn & Suites for temporary stays in the area.