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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Elgin, Illinois

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for barbers in the Elgin, Illinois area. Currently, 3,670 people work as barbers in Illinois. This is expected to shrink 2% to about 3,620 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for barbers are expected to grow by about 11.6%. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn approximately $11 per hour or $24,100 annually on average in Illinois. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as barbers in Illinois earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are six schools within twenty-five miles of Elgin where you can study to be a barber, among sixty-one schools of higher education total in the Elgin area. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become a barber if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Barber

In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers clean and sterilize scissors, combs and other instruments. They also cut and trim hair in line with patrons' instructions and/or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors. Equally important, barbers have to question customers regarding desired services and haircut styles. They are often called upon to clean work stations and sweep floors. They are expected to drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders. Finally, barbers shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.

Every day, barbers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for barbers to order supplies. They are often called upon to keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit. They also apply lather; and shave beards, or neck and temple hair contours, using razors. They are sometimes expected to recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies. Somewhat less frequently, barbers are also expected to keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit.

And finally, they sometimes have to clean work stations and sweep floors.

Like many other jobs, barbers must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Elgin include:

  • 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: Barber Training

Hair Professionals Career College Inc - Sycamore, IL

Hair Professionals Career College Inc, 2245 Gateway Drive, Sycamore, IL 60178. Hair Professionals Career College Inc is a small college located in Sycamore, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 182 students and an admission rate of 96%. Hair Professionals Career College Inc has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology - Wheaton, IL

Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology, 1145 E Butterfield Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187. Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology is a small school located in Wheaton, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 110 students. Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Empire Beauty School-Lisle - Lisle, IL

Empire Beauty School-Lisle, 2709 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532. Empire Beauty School-Lisle is a small school located in Lisle, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 80 students. Empire Beauty School-Lisle has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated four students in 2008.

Cosmetology & Spa Institute - Crystal Lake, IL

Cosmetology & Spa Institute, 700 E. Terra Cotta, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Cosmetology & Spa Institute is a small school located in Crystal Lake, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 59 students. Cosmetology & Spa Institute has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology - West Dundee, IL

Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology, 825 B6 Village Quarter Road, West Dundee, IL 60118. Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology is a small school located in West Dundee, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 187 students. Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one and zero students respectively in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Arlington Heights - Arlington Heights, IL

Empire Beauty School-Arlington Heights, 264 West Rand Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Empire Beauty School-Arlington Heights is a small school located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 190 students. Empire Beauty School-Arlington Heights has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

LICENSES

BARBER

Licensing agency: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Address: 320 West Washington, Springfield, IL 62786

Phone: (217) 782-8556
Website: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

LOCATION INFORMATION: Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.