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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Wilmington, Delaware

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for barbers in the Wilmington, Delaware area. There are currently 440 jobs for barbers in Delaware and this is projected to grow 6% to about 470 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for barbers are expected to grow by about 11.6%. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn approximately $14 hourly or $29,750 yearly on average in Delaware. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as barbers in Delaware earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

The Wilmington area is home to 109 schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Wilmington where you can get a degree as a barber. Given that the most common education level for barbers is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Wilmington include:

  • 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

Venus Beauty Academy - Sharon Hill, PA

Venus Beauty Academy, 1033 Chester Pke, Sharon Hill, PA 19079. Venus Beauty Academy is a small school located in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 125 students and an admission rate of 100%. Venus Beauty Academy has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute - Philadelphia, PA

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, 315A Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Jean Madeline Aveda Institute is a small school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 162 students and an admission rate of 58%. Jean Madeline Aveda Institute has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated eleven students in 2008.

Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design - Newark, DE

Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design, 70 Amstel Ave, Newark, DE 19711-7964. Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design is a small school located in Newark, Delaware. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 110 students. Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Board of Cosmetology
Address: Division of Professional Regulation, Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Blvd., STE. 203, Dover, DE 19904-2467

Phone: (302) 744-4518
Website: Board of Cosmetology Division of Professional Regulation

LOCATION INFORMATION: Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware photo by Malepheasant

Wilmington is located in New Castle County, Delaware. It has a population of over 72,592, which has shrunk by 0.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Wilmington, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Wilmington are valued at $58,400 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, twenty-eight new homes were built in Wilmington, down from forty-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Wilmington are finance and insurance, health care, and educational services. For men, it is finance and insurance, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.4% of Wilmington residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Wilmington is 13.3%, which is greater than Delaware's average of 8.5%.

The percentage of Wilmington residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Saint Andrews Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Beth Shalom Congregation are among the churches located in Wilmington. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Wilmington is home to the Interchange 3 and the The Rocks as well as Rodney Square and Cool Spring Park. Visitors to Wilmington can choose from Howard Johnson Restaurants, Riverview Motel and Hotel Du Pont for temporary stays in the area.