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Career and Education Opportunities for Assistant Hairstylists in Fort Collins, Colorado

Assistant hairstylists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. About 130 people are currently employed as assistant hairstylists in Colorado. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 23% to about 160 people employed. This is better than the national trend for assistant hairstylists, which sees this job pool growing by about 14.6% over the next eight years. Assistant hairstylists generally shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Income for assistant hairstylists is about $7 per hour or $15,850 per year on average in Colorado. Nationally, their income is about $8 hourly or $17,300 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as assistant hairstylists in Colorado earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

The Fort Collins area is home to eleven schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Fort Collins where you can get a degree as an assistant hairstylist. The most common level of education for assistant hairstylists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become an assistant hairstylist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Assistant Hairstylist

Assistant Hairstylist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Every day, assistant hairstylists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they speak clearly.

It is important for assistant hairstylists to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment. They are often called upon to treat scalp conditions and hair loss, using specialized lotions or equipment such as infrared lamps or vibrating equipment. They also take care of treatment records. Somewhat less frequently, assistant hairstylists are also expected to massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil.

and massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil. And finally, they sometimes have to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment.

Like many other jobs, assistant hairstylists must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Fort Collins include:

  • 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.
  • 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: Assistant Hairstylist Training

Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture - Greeley, CO

Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture, 2547b 11th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631. Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture is a small school located in Greeley, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 40 students. Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated three students in 2008.

Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture - Fort Collins, CO

Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture, 2925 South College Ave # 9, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture is a small school located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 33 students. Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated seven students in 2008.

Hair Dynamics Education Center - Fort Collins, CO

Hair Dynamics Education Center, 6464 S College, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Hair Dynamics Education Center is a small school located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 165 students. Hair Dynamics Education Center has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated twenty-nine students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins, Colorado photo by Citycommunications

Fort Collins is located in Larimer County, Colorado. It has a population of over 136,509, which has grown by 15.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Fort Collins, 91, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Fort Collins are valued at $216,000 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, two hundred sixty-seven new homes were built in Fort Collins, down from four hundred eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Fort Collins are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 48.4% of Fort Collins residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 18.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Fort Collins is 6.3%, which is less than Colorado's average of 6.6%.

The percentage of Fort Collins residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Assemblies of God and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Visitors to Fort Collins can choose from Carousel Properties, AmericInn Motel & Suites Fort Collins and Hampton Inn Ft. Collins for temporary stays in the area.