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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Tampa, Florida

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for barbers in the Tampa, Florida area. There are currently 1,890 jobs for barbers in Florida and this is projected to grow 2% to about 1,920 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.

The income of a barber is about $9 hourly or $20,090 yearly on average in Florida. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly on average. Barbers earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Florida and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are fifty-four schools of higher education in the Tampa area, including six within twenty-five miles of Tampa where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. The most common level of education 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 Tampa 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

American Institute of Beauty - Largo, FL

American Institute of Beauty, 3665 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771. American Institute of Beauty is a small school located in Largo, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 73 students. American Institute of Beauty has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated thirty students in 2008.

Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy - Tampa, FL

Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy, 4951-A Adamo Drive, Tampa, FL 33605. Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy is a small school located in Tampa, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 304 students. Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated forty students in 2008.

D G Erwin Technical Center - Tampa, FL

D G Erwin Technical Center, 2010 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33610-8255. D G Erwin Technical Center is a small school located in Tampa, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 847 students. D G Erwin Technical Center has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber.

Sunstate Academy - Clearwater, FL

Sunstate Academy, 2525 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765-2702. Sunstate Academy is a small school located in Clearwater, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 138 students. Sunstate Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Benes International School of Beauty - New Port Richey, FL

Benes International School of Beauty, 7127 US Hwy 19, New Port Richey, FL 34652. Benes International School of Beauty is a small school located in New Port Richey, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 224 students and an admission rate of 100%. Benes International School of Beauty has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated nine students in 2008.

Shear Excellence International Hair Academy - Tampa, FL

Shear Excellence International Hair Academy, 7243 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. Shear Excellence International Hair Academy is a small school located in Tampa, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 31 students. Shear Excellence International Hair Academy has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year which graduated 2 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: Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida
Tampa, Florida photo by Caltrop

Tampa is located in Hillsborough County, Florida. It has a population of over 340,882, which has grown by 12.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Tampa, 95, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Tampa are valued at $188,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, six hundred thirty-five new homes were constructed in Tampa, down from 1,008 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Tampa are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 25.4% of Tampa residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.2%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Tampa is 11.8%, which is greater than Florida's average of 11.3%.

The percentage of Tampa residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 41.8%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, Florida Tampa Mission and Most Holy Redeemer Church are among the churches located in Tampa. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Tampa is home to the Parkers Railroad Station and the Drew Station Railroad Station as well as Ybor City Museum State Park and American Legion Playground. Shopping centers in the area include Northgate Shopping Center, Old Hyde Park Village Shopping Center and Benttree Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Tampa can choose from Backstage Restaurant & Lounge, Baymont Tampa Busch Gardens and Budget Inn for temporary stays in the area.