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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Nampa, Idaho

Manicurists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Nampa, Idaho area. Currently, 140 people work as manicurists in Idaho. This is expected to grow 20% to 160 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $10 hourly or $21,600 yearly on average in Idaho and about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. 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 Nampa where you can study to be a manicurist, among eleven schools of higher education total in the Nampa area. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Nampa 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


Nampa, Idaho
Nampa, Idaho photo by J.B.

Nampa is located in Canyon County, Idaho. It has a population of over 80,362, which has grown by 54.9% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Nampa, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Nampa cost $122,200 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, one hundred ninety-one new homes were built in Nampa, down from two hundred eighty-nine the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Nampa are health care, educational services, and computer and electronic products. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and food. The average travel time to work is about 21 minutes. More than 16.0% of Nampa residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.5%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Nampa is 11.2%, which is greater than Idaho's average of 8.3%.

The percentage of Nampa residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 41.5%, is less than both the national and state average. The largest religious groups are the LDS (Mormon) Church, the Catholic Church and the Church of the Nazarene.

Shopping malls in the area include Karcher Mall, Nampa Shopping Center and Holly Shopping Center. Visitors to Nampa can choose from Sleep Inn Nampa, Days Inn Nampa ID and Starlite Motel for temporary stays in the area.