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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Fort Collins, Colorado

Barbers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. The national trend for barbers 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.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $24,008 per year in Colorado, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are eleven schools of higher education in the Fort Collins area, including three within twenty-five miles of Fort Collins where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. Given that the most common education level for barbers is a post-secondary certificate, it will take a short time to learn 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 Fort Collins include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • 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

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.

LICENSES

Barber

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: 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.