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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Wilmington, Delaware

If you want to be a manicurist, the Wilmington, Delaware area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 310 people work as manicurists in Delaware. This is expected to grow 33% to about 410 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn approximately $9 per hour or $20,350 yearly on average in Delaware. Nationally they average about $9 hourly or $19,670 annually. Manicurists earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Delaware and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are seven schools within twenty-five miles of Wilmington where you can study to be a manicurist, among 109 schools of higher education total in the Wilmington area. Given that the most common education level for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Wilmington 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

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 73 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 629 students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Exton - Exton, PA

Empire Beauty School-Exton, 454 W Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341. Empire Beauty School-Exton is a small school located in Exton, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 180 students. Empire Beauty School-Exton has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 99 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 6 students in 2008.

L T International Beauty School - Philadelphia, PA

L T International Beauty School, 830 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. L T International Beauty School is a small school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 60 students. L T International Beauty School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-seven students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Philadelphia Chestnut St - Philadelphia, PA

Empire Beauty School-Philadelphia Chestnut St, 1522 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2701. Empire Beauty School-Philadelphia Chestnut St is a small school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 460 students. Empire Beauty School-Philadelphia Chestnut St has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 191 students in 2008.

P B Cosmetology Education Center - Gloucester, NJ

P B Cosmetology Education Center, 110 Monmouth St, Gloucester, NJ 08030. P B Cosmetology Education Center is a small school located in Gloucester, New Jersey. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 227 students. P B Cosmetology Education Center has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-two and zero students respectively 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year and one to two year which graduated one and fifty-six students respectively in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 10 students in 2008.

LICENSES

Nail Technician

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.