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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara, California provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for manicurists. Currently, 15,100 people work as manicurists in California. This is expected to grow by 27% to 19,200 people 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. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn approximately $8 hourly or $18,670 per year on average in California. Nationally they average about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as manicurists in California earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

The Santa Clara area is home to thirty-five schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Santa Clara where you can get a degree as a manicurist. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Santa Clara 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

Gavilan College - Gilroy, CA

Gavilan College, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020. Gavilan College is a medium sized college located in Gilroy, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,159 students. Gavilan College has less than one year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-three, zero, and zero students respectively in 2008.

California Cosmetology College - Santa Clara, CA

California Cosmetology College, 955 Monroe St, Santa Clara, CA 95050. California Cosmetology College is a small college located in Santa Clara, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 145 students. California Cosmetology College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-eight students in 2008.

San Jose City College - San Jose, CA

San Jose City College, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95128-2798. San Jose City College is a large college located in San Jose, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 11,574 students. San Jose City College has less than one year, one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated three, sixty-eight, seven, and zero students respectively in 2008.

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: Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara, California photo by Coolcaesar

Santa Clara is located in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 110,200, which has grown by 7.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Santa Clara, 158, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Santa Clara cost $196,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were constructed in Santa Clara, down from eighty-five the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Santa Clara are computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 42.4% of Santa Clara residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Santa Clara is 10.9%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Santa Clara residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Peace Lutheran Church, Good News Community Church and Universal Church of the Master are some of the churches located in Santa Clara. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

Santa Clara is home to the Santa Clara Unified School District Office and the Santa Clara Municipal Golf Course as well as Westwood Acres Park and Washington Park. Shopping centers in the area include Moonlite Shopping Center, Fairway Glen Shopping Center and Youth Shopping Center.