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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for manicurists. About 450 people are currently employed as manicurists in Georgia. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 51% to about 680 people employed. This is better than the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Income for manicurists is about $8 per hour or $17,710 yearly on average in Georgia. Nationally, their income is about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Georgia, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are ninety-one schools of higher education in the Atlanta area, including twenty-one within twenty-five miles of Atlanta where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Atlanta include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • 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.
  • 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: Manicurist Training

North Metro Technical College - Acworth, GA

North Metro Technical College, 5198 Ross Rd, Acworth, GA 30102-3012. North Metro Technical College is a small college located in Acworth, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,498 students. North Metro Technical College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-seven students in 2008.

International School of Skin and Nailcare - Atlanta, GA

International School of Skin and Nailcare, 5600 Roswell Rd NE Ste 10, Atlanta, GA 30342. International School of Skin and Nailcare is a small school located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 243 students. International School of Skin and Nailcare has a less than one year program in Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist which graduated thirty-three students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Dunwoody - Dunwoody, GA

Empire Beauty School-Dunwoody, 4719 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd Suite 205, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Empire Beauty School-Dunwoody is a small school located in Dunwoody, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 140 students. Empire Beauty School-Dunwoody has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-eight students in 2008.

Georgia Career Institute - Conyers, GA

Georgia Career Institute, 1820 Hwy 20 Ste 200, Conyers, GA 30013. Georgia Career Institute is a small school located in Conyers, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 750 students. Georgia Career Institute has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 166 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 41 students in 2008.

The Esani Institute - Forest Park, GA

The Esani Institute, 4971 Courtney Dr, Forest Park, GA 30297-1436. The Esani Institute is a small school located in Forest Park, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 87 students. The Esani Institute has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-five students in 2008.

Powder Springs Beauty College - Powder Springs, GA

Powder Springs Beauty College, 4114 Austell-Powder Springs Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127. Powder Springs Beauty College is a small college located in Powder Springs, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 49 students. Powder Springs Beauty College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-two students in 2008.

Chattahoochee Technical College - Marietta, GA

Chattahoochee Technical College, 980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, GA 30060-3300. Chattahoochee Technical College is a medium sized college located in Marietta, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,616 students. Chattahoochee Technical College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-five students in 2008.

Gwinnett Technical College - Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043-5702. Gwinnett Technical College is a medium sized college located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,299 students. Gwinnett Technical College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eleven students in 2008.

Griffin Technical College - Griffin, GA

Griffin Technical College, 501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, GA 30223-2042. Griffin Technical College is a small college located in Griffin, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,162 students. Griffin Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 48 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 8 students in 2008.

Fayette Beauty Academy - Fayetteville, GA

Fayette Beauty Academy, 386 N Glynn St, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Fayette Beauty Academy is a small school located in Fayetteville, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 32 students. Fayette Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-six students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Gwinnett - Lawrenceville, GA

Empire Beauty School-Gwinnett, 1455 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044-3045. Empire Beauty School-Gwinnett is a small school located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 115 students. Empire Beauty School-Gwinnett has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-eight students in 2008.

Pro Way Hair School - Stone Mountain, GA

Pro Way Hair School, 5684 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083-3254. Pro Way Hair School is a small school located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 115 students. Pro Way Hair School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-one students in 2008.

Lanier Technical College - Oakwood, GA

Lanier Technical College, 2990 Landrum Education Dr, Oakwood, GA 30566. Lanier Technical College is a small college located in Oakwood, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,168 students. Lanier Technical College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-one students in 2008.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 28 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Cobb Beauty College Inc - Kennesaw, GA

Cobb Beauty College Inc, 3096 Cherokee St, Kennesaw, GA 30144-2828. Cobb Beauty College Inc is a small college located in Kennesaw, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 38 students. Cobb Beauty College Inc has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighteen students in 2008.

Atlanta Technical College - Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Pky SW, Atlanta, GA 30310-4446. Atlanta Technical College is a small college located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,293 students. Atlanta Technical College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighty-eight and eighty-four students respectively in 2008.

Roffler Moler Hairstyling College - Marietta, GA

Roffler Moler Hairstyling College, 1311 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30062. Roffler Moler Hairstyling College is a small college located in Marietta, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 148 students. Roffler Moler Hairstyling College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixty-three students in 2008.

The Esani Institute - Roswell, GA

The Esani Institute, 1003 Mansell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076. The Esani Institute is a small school located in Roswell, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 43 students. The Esani Institute has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

Vogue Beauty School - Hiram, GA

Vogue Beauty School, 3655 MacLand Rd Ste 109, Hiram, GA 30141-2226. Vogue Beauty School is a small school located in Hiram, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 85 students. Vogue Beauty School has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 53 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Dekalb Technical College - Clarkston, GA

Dekalb Technical College, 495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA 30021-2397. Dekalb Technical College is a small college located in Clarkston, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,939 students. Dekalb Technical College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Kennesaw - Kennesaw, GA

Empire Beauty School-Kennesaw, 425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy,suite H-2, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Empire Beauty School-Kennesaw is a small school located in Kennesaw, Georgia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 90 students. Empire Beauty School-Kennesaw has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-six students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurists

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: Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia photo by Evilarry

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.