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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Athens, Georgia

Hairdressers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Athens, Georgia area. There are currently 15,890 jobs for hairdressers in Georgia and this is projected to grow 38% to 21,940 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for hairdressers, which sees this job pool growing by about 20.1% over the next eight years. In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

Hairdressers earn about $12 per hour or $25,270 per year on average in Georgia and about $11 hourly or $23,140 per year on average nationally. Incomes for hairdressers are better than in the overall category of Personal Care in Georgia, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

The Athens area is home to five schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Athens where you can get a degree as a hairdresser. Hairdressers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become a hairdresser if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Hairdresser

Hairdresser video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. They also may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Hairdressers analyze customers' hair and other physical features to establish and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes. Equally important, hairdressers have to update and take care of customer data records. They are often called upon to keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs. They are expected to apply water, setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair. Finally, hairdressers comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Every day, hairdressers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for hairdressers to massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands or vibrating equipment. They are often called upon to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax. They also administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions. They are sometimes expected to operate cash registers to receive payments from customers. Somewhat less frequently, hairdressers are also expected to bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes.

and cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, on the basis of customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. And finally, they sometimes have to comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Like many other jobs, hairdressers must believe in cooperation and coordination and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Athens include:

  • 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: Hairdresser Training

Athens Technical College - Athens, GA

Athens Technical College, 800 US Hwy 29 N, Athens, GA 30601-1500. Athens Technical College is a small college located in Athens, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,131 students. Athens Technical College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixty and forty-nine students respectively in 2008.

Georgia Institute of Cosmetology - Athens, GA

Georgia Institute of Cosmetology, 3529 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606-3152. Georgia Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in Athens, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 156 students. Georgia Institute of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 147 students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician: CPCT certification can be used to demonstrate advanced skill in permanent cosmetics to employers and clients to help advance ones career.

For more information, see the Allied Health Association website.

LICENSES

Esthetician

Licensing agency: Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists
Address: 237 Coliseum Drive, Room 240, Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: (478) 207-1430
Website: Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists

Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

Licensing agency: Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists
Address: 237 Coliseum Drive, Room 240, Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: (478) 207-1430
Website: Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists

Nail Technician

Licensing agency: Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists
Address: 237 Coliseum Drive, Room 240, Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: (478) 207-1430
Website: Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists

LOCATION INFORMATION: Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia
Athens, Georgia photo by Richard Chambers

Athens is situated in Brantley County, Georgia. It has a population of over 113,398, which has grown by 13.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Athens, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Athens cost $146,800 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, two hundred four new homes were constructed in Athens, down from four hundred seventy-two the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Athens are educational services, accommodation and food services, and health care. For men, it is educational services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 40.0% of Athens residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 19.0%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Athens residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.6%, is more than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church of God (Cleveland and the The Wesleyan Church.