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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for manicurists. There are currently 1,770 working manicurists in Connecticut; this should grow by 20% to 2,120 working manicurists in the state 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.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $9 hourly or $19,410 per year on average in Connecticut and about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as manicurists in Connecticut earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

The Hartford area is home to sixty-two schools of higher education, including nine within twenty-five miles of Hartford where you can get a degree as a manicurist. Given that the most common education level for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Hartford 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Manicurist Training

Springfield Technical Community College - Springfield, MA

Springfield Technical Community College, 1 Armory Sq, Springfield, MA 01105-1296. Springfield Technical Community College is a medium sized college located in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,331 students. Springfield Technical Community College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-five students in 2008.

Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Torrington - Torrington, CT

Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Torrington, 33 East Main St, Torrington, CT 06790. Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Torrington is a small school located in Torrington, Connecticut. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 31 students. Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Torrington has a less than one year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated one student in 2008.

Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology - Wallingford, CT

Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology, 950 Yale Ave Unit 20, Wallingford, CT 06492. Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Wallingford, Connecticut. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 15 students. Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-seven students in 2008.

Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Meriden - Meriden, CT

Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Meriden, 1231 E Main St, Meriden, CT 06450-4836. Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Meriden is a small school located in Meriden, Connecticut. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 140 students. Brio Academy of Cosmetology-Meriden has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-two students in 2008.

Kay Harvey Academy of Hair Design - West Springfield, MA

Kay Harvey Academy of Hair Design, 11 Central St, West Springfield, MA 01089. Kay Harvey Academy of Hair Design is a small school located in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 51 students. Kay Harvey Academy of Hair Design 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 9 students in 2008.

DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology - West Springfield, MA

DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology, 1578 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA 01089. DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology is a small school located in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 11 students. DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

Mansfield Beauty Schools - Springfield, MA

Mansfield Beauty Schools, 266 Bridge St, Springfield, MA 01103. Mansfield Beauty Schools is a small school located in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 48 students. Mansfield Beauty Schools has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighteen students in 2008.

Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy - Ludlow, MA

Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy, 44 Sewall Street, Ludlow, MA 01056. Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy is a small school located in Ludlow, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 115 students. Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 38 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 23 students in 2008.

Brio Academy of Cosmetology - East Hartford, CT

Brio Academy of Cosmetology, 1000 Main St, East Hartford, CT 06108. Brio Academy of Cosmetology is a small school located in East Hartford, Connecticut. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 197 students. Brio Academy of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut photo by Contimm

Hartford is situated in Hartford County, Connecticut. It has a population of over 124,062, which has grown by 2.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Hartford, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Hartford cost $82,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, eight new homes were constructed in Hartford, down from twelve the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Hartford are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is administrative and support and waste management services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 24 minutes. More than 12.4% of Hartford residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 5.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Hartford is 14.4%, which is greater than Connecticut's average of 8.3%.

The percentage of Hartford residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Our Lady of Sorrows Church, All Saints Orthodox Church and Sacred Heart Church are all churches located in Hartford. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church.

Hartford is home to the Albany Avenue Branch Hartford Public Library and the North Meadows Industrial Park as well as Little Hollywood Historic District and West End North Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Park Plaza Shopping Center, Pavillion at State House Shopping Center and Civic Center Mall Shopping Center.