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Career and Education Opportunities for Assistant Hairstylists in Atlanta, Georgia

Assistant hairstylists can find many career and educational opportunities in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Currently, 880 people work as assistant hairstylists in Georgia. This is expected to grow 42% to 1,240 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for assistant hairstylists, which sees this job pool growing by about 14.6% over the next eight years. Assistant hairstylists generally shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Assistant hairstylists earn approximately $8 hourly or $18,000 annually on average in Georgia. Nationally they average about $8 hourly or $17,300 yearly. Assistant hairstylists earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Georgia and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are ninety-one schools of higher education in the Atlanta area, including one within twenty-five miles of Atlanta where you can get a degree to start your career as an assistant hairstylist. The most common level of education for assistant hairstylists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become an assistant hairstylist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Assistant Hairstylist

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

In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Every day, assistant hairstylists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they speak clearly.

It is important for assistant hairstylists to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment. They are often called upon to treat scalp conditions and hair loss, using specialized lotions or equipment such as infrared lamps or vibrating equipment. They also take care of treatment records. Somewhat less frequently, assistant hairstylists are also expected to massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil.

and massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil. And finally, they sometimes have to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment.

Like many other jobs, assistant hairstylists must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Atlanta 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.
  • 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: Assistant Hairstylist Training

Beauty College of America - Forest Park, GA

Beauty College of America, 1171 Main Street, Forest Park, GA 30297-1443. Beauty College of America is a small college located in Forest Park, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 40 students. Beauty College of America has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta is located in Fulton County, Georgia. It has a population of over 537,958, which has grown by 29.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Atlanta, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Atlanta cost $173,200 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred two new homes were constructed in Atlanta, down from 1,247 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Atlanta are educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and health care. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 28 minutes. More than 34.6% of Atlanta residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Atlanta is 11.1%, which is greater than Georgia's average of 10.1%.

The percentage of Atlanta residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.7%, is more than both the national and state average. Aarons Tabernacle Church, Welcome Home Baptist Church and Adair Park Church are some of the churches located in Atlanta. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Atlanta is home to the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center and the Diuid Hills Golf Club as well as Alexander Park and Wesley Avenue Park. Shopping malls in the area include Rio Mall Shopping Center, Collier Heights Plaza Shopping Center and Northside Parkway Shopping Center. Visitors to Atlanta can choose from Country Inn-Stes Atl Dwntwn S, Comfort Inn and Comfort Inn Buckhead North for temporary stays in the area.