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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Boise, Idaho

For those living in the Boise, Idaho area, there are many career and education opportunities for manicurists. There are currently 140 jobs for manicurists in Idaho and this is projected to grow 20% to about 160 jobs by 2016. 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.

The income of a manicurist is about $10 hourly or $21,600 yearly on average in Idaho. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year on average. Earnings for manicurists are better than earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Idaho and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Boise where you can study to be a manicurist, among eleven schools of higher education total in the Boise area. Given that the most common education level for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate, it will take a short time to learn to be a manicurist if you already have a high school diploma.


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 Boise 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.


Scot Lewis Schools-Paul Mitchell Partner School - Boise, ID

Scot Lewis Schools-Paul Mitchell Partner School, 1270 S Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709. Scot Lewis Schools-Paul Mitchell Partner School is a small school located in Boise, Idaho. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 162 students. Scot Lewis Schools-Paul Mitchell Partner School has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-seven students in 2008.

Razzle Dazzle College Inc - Nampa, ID

Razzle Dazzle College Inc, 120 Holly Street, Nampa, ID 83686-5104. Razzle Dazzle College Inc is a small college located in Nampa, Idaho. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 37 students. Razzle Dazzle College Inc has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 25 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 22 students in 2008.


Nail Technician

Licensing agency: Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Address: 1109 Main Street, Owyhee Plaza, Suite 220, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0063

Phone: (208) 334-3233
Website: Bureau of Occupational Licenses


Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho photo by Dmharris26

Boise is situated in Ada County, Idaho. It has a population of over 205,314, which has grown by 10.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Boise, 90, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Boise are priced at $245,800 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, one hundred eighty-three new homes were built in Boise, down from four hundred twenty-six the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Boise are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 18 minutes. More than 33.6% of Boise residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Boise is 9.2%, which is greater than Idaho's average of 8.3%.

The percentage of Boise residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.5%, is less than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the LDS (Mormon) Church, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.