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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in San Francisco, California

If you want to be a barber, the San Francisco, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 5,400 people work as barbers in California. This is expected to grow by 9% to 5,900 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for barbers are expected to grow by about 11.6%. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Income for barbers is about $11 hourly or $23,510 yearly on average in California. Nationally, their income is about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly. Incomes for barbers 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 three schools within twenty-five miles of San Francisco where you can study to be a barber, among eighty-six schools of higher education total in the San Francisco area. Given that the most common education level 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 San Francisco 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute - San Francisco, CA

Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute, 1087 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute is a small school located in San Francisco, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 65 students. Miss Martys Hair Academy and Esthetics Institute has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Hilltop Beauty School - Daly City, CA

Hilltop Beauty School, 6317 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014. Hilltop Beauty School is a small school located in Daly City, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 161 students. Hilltop Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated four students in 2008.

Moler Barber College - Oakland, CA

Moler Barber College, 3815 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609-2419. Moler Barber College is a small college located in Oakland, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 28 students. Moler Barber 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: San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California photo by Optigan13

San Francisco is located in San Francisco County, California. It has a population of over 808,976, which has grown by 4.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in San Francisco, 180, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Francisco cost $218,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, fifty-seven new homes were built in San Francisco, up from fifty-five the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in San Francisco are professional, scientific, and technical services, health care, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average travel time to work is about 31 minutes. More than 45.0% of San Francisco residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.4%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of San Francisco residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 41.8%, is less than both the national and state average. Gold Mountain Monastery, Golden Gate Community Church of the Nazarene and Golden Gate Lutheran Church are among the churches located in San Francisco. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Muslim Estimate and the United Methodist Church.

San Francisco is home to the Pier 88 and the Prayer Book Cross as well as Helen Wills Playground and Music Concourse. Shopping malls in the area include Yerba Buena Square Shopping Center, Fox Plaza Shopping Center and Galleria At Crocker Center Shopping Center. Visitors to San Francisco can choose from Astoria Hotel, A-1 Inn Motel and Best Western Canterbury Hotel for temporary stays in the area.