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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Fort Collins, Colorado

Manicurist career and educational opportunities abound in Fort Collins, Colorado. There are currently 910 jobs for manicurists in Colorado and this is projected to grow by 39% to about 1,260 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $8 hourly or $17,380 annually on average in Colorado and about $9 hourly or $19,670 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. 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.

There are eleven schools of higher education in the Fort Collins area, including four within twenty-five miles of Fort Collins where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Given that the most common education level 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 Fort Collins 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Manicurist 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year which graduated 23 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 16 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 42 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Fort Collins - Fort Collins, CO

Regency Beauty Institute-Fort Collins, 2236 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80528. Regency Beauty Institute-Fort Collins is a small school located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 69 students and an admission rate of 75%. Regency Beauty Institute-Fort Collins has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated one student in 2008.

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: 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.