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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Denver, Colorado

There are many career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Denver, Colorado area. Currently, 910 people work as manicurists in Colorado. This is expected to grow 39% to about 1,260 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. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn approximately $8 per hour or $17,380 per year on average in Colorado. Nationally they average about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Colorado, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

The Denver area is home to sixty-four schools of higher education, including twelve within twenty-five miles of Denver where you can get a degree as a manicurist. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. It will take a short time to learn 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 Denver include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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

Regency Beauty Institute-Lakewood - Lakewood, CO

Regency Beauty Institute-Lakewood, 98 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80226. Regency Beauty Institute-Lakewood is a small school located in Lakewood, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 52 students and an admission rate of 74%. Regency Beauty Institute-Lakewood has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated ten students in 2008.

Xenon International Academy - Aurora, CO

Xenon International Academy, 2231 S Peoria, Aurora, CO 80014. Xenon International Academy is a small school located in Aurora, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 49 students. Xenon International Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 31 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Emily Griffith Opportunity School - Denver, CO

Emily Griffith Opportunity School, 1250 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80204-2197. Emily Griffith Opportunity School is a small school located in Denver, Colorado. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 2,148 students. Emily Griffith Opportunity School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty students in 2008.

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Lakewood - Lakewood, CO

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Lakewood, 441 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80226. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Lakewood is a small college located in Lakewood, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 50 students. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Lakewood has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 21 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Aurora - Aurora, CO

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Aurora, 16800 E. Mississippi Ave., Aurora, CO 80017. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Aurora is a small college located in Aurora, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 70 students. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Aurora has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 32 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Westminster - Westminster, CO

Regency Beauty Institute-Westminster, 6755 West 88th Ave., Westminster, CO 80031. Regency Beauty Institute-Westminster is a small school located in Westminster, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 75 students and an admission rate of 57%. Regency Beauty Institute-Westminster has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated four students in 2008.

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Westminster - Westminster, CO

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Westminster, 3049 W 74 Ave, Westminster, CO 80030. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Westminster is a small college located in Westminster, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 50 students. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Westminster has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 26 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Thornton - Thornton, CO

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Thornton, 3811 E 120th, Thornton, CO 80233. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Thornton is a small college located in Thornton, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 150 students. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Thornton has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 82 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Cuttin' Up Beauty Academy - Denver, CO

Cuttin' Up Beauty Academy, 8101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220. Cuttin' Up Beauty Academy is a small school located in Denver, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 33 students. Cuttin' Up Beauty Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Arvada - Arvada, CO

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Arvada, 6520 Wadsworth Blvd. #209, Arvada, CO 80003. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Arvada is a small college located in Arvada, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 85 students. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Arvada has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 40 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Pickens Technical College - Aurora, CO

Pickens Technical College, 500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011-9307. Pickens Technical College is a small college located in Aurora, Colorado. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 1,066 students. Pickens Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 29 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 15 students in 2008.

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Littleton - Littleton, CO

Artistic Beauty Colleges-Littleton, 8996 W. Bowles Ave. # E & F, Littleton, CO 80123. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Littleton is a small college located in Littleton, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 85 students. Artistic Beauty Colleges-Littleton has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 39 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Licensing agency: Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure
Address: 1560 Broadway, Ste 1340, Denver, CO 80202

Phone: (303) 894-7772
Website: Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure

LOCATION INFORMATION: Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado photo by David Shankbone

Denver is located in Denver County, Colorado. It has a population of over 598,707, which has grown by 7.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Denver, 102, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Denver are priced at $223,800 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, eight hundred thirty-seven new homes were constructed in Denver, down from 1,215 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Denver 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 travel time to work is about 25 minutes. More than 34.5% of Denver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 12.4%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Denver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 53.0%, is more than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the American Baptist Churches in the USA and the Episcopal Church.

Denver is home to the J F Kennedy Municipal Golf Course and the North Marston Filtration Plant as well as Cheesman Park and Bear Creek Park. Shopping malls in the area include Alameda Square Shopping Center, Boulevard Shopping Center and Brentwood Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Denver can choose from Embassy Suites Hotel Denver Downtown, Intown Suites Aurora and Denver Marriott City Center for temporary stays in the area.