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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Miami, Florida

For those living in the Miami, Florida area, there are many career and education opportunities for barbers. About 1,890 people are currently employed as barbers in Florida. By 2016, this is expected to grow 2% to about 1,920 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for barbers, which 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.

Barbers earn about $9 hourly or $20,090 per year on average in Florida and about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for barbers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Florida, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are ninety-eight schools of higher education in the Miami area, including nine within twenty-five miles of Miami 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, you can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Miami 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.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

Florida Barber Academy - Pompano Beach, FL

Florida Barber Academy, 3269 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. Florida Barber Academy is a small school located in Pompano Beach, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 158 students. Florida Barber Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated thirty students in 2008.

Beauty Schools of America - Hialeah, FL

Beauty Schools of America, 1060 West 49th Street, Hialeah, FL 33012-3322. Beauty Schools of America is a small school located in Hialeah, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 621 students. Beauty Schools of America has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated eight students in 2008.

Universal Massage and Beauty Institute - Sweetwater, FL

Universal Massage and Beauty Institute, 10720 W Flagler School Ste 21, Sweetwater, FL 33174. Universal Massage and Beauty Institute is a small school located in Sweetwater, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 157 students. Universal Massage and Beauty Institute has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated eight students in 2008.

Superior Career Institute - Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Superior Career Institute, 3714 W Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311. Superior Career Institute is a small school located in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 100 students. Superior Career Institute has a less than one year program in Barbering/Barber.

Florida Academy of Health & Beauty - Wilton Manor, FL

Florida Academy of Health & Beauty, 2300 NW 9th Ave, Wilton Manor, FL 33311. Florida Academy of Health & Beauty is a small school located in Wilton Manor, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 24 students and an admission rate of 59%. Florida Academy of Health & Beauty has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated eighteen students in 2008.

ASM Beauty World Academy - Davie, FL

ASM Beauty World Academy, 6423 Stirling Road, Davie, FL 33314. ASM Beauty World Academy is a small school located in Davie, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 118 students. ASM Beauty World Academy has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Beauty Schools of America - Miami, FL

Beauty Schools of America, 1176 SW 67th Avenue, Miami, FL 33144. Beauty Schools of America is a small school located in Miami, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 690 students. Beauty Schools of America has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated two students in 2008.

Sheridan Technical Center - Hollywood, FL

Sheridan Technical Center, 5400 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021. Sheridan Technical Center is a small school located in Hollywood, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,526 students. Sheridan Technical Center has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 47 students in 2008.

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center - Miami, FL

Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, 750 NW 20 Street, Miami, FL 33127. Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center is a small school located in Miami, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 863 students. Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated five students in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Fl. Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation
Address: 1940 N Monroe Street, Ste 300, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: None
Website: Fl. Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation

Barber Assistant

Licensing agency: Fl. Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation
Address: 1940 N Monroe Street, Ste 300, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: None
Website: Fl. Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation

LOCATION INFORMATION: Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida photo by Averette

Miami is located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It has a population of over 413,201, which has grown by 14.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Miami, 140, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Miami cost $273,500 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, thirty-seven new homes were built in Miami, down from seventy-three the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Miami are health care, accommodation and food services, and educational services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 16.2% of Miami residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Miami is 12.5%, which is greater than Florida's average of 11.3%.

The percentage of Miami residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.6%, is less than both the national and state average. Church of Resurrection, Church of the Ascension and Church of the Incarnation are all churches located in Miami. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Miami is home to the Edison West Little River Neighborhood Center and the Miamarina South Pier Light as well as Belle Meade Park and 54th Street Mini Park. Shopping malls in the area include Central Shopping Center, Northside Mall and Northside Shopping Center. Visitors to Miami can choose from AmeriSuites Miami / Kendall, Four Seasons Hotel Miami and Airways Airport Inn & Suites for temporary stays in the area.