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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Fort Wayne, Indiana

If you want to be a barber, the Fort Wayne, Indiana area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 1,520 working barbers in Indiana; this should shrink 6% to 1,430 working barbers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for barbers, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Income for barbers is about $12 hourly or $24,980 annually on average in Indiana. Nationally, their income is about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly. Barbers earn more than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Indiana and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are sixteen schools of higher education in the Fort Wayne area, including two within twenty-five miles of Fort Wayne where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so it will take a short time to learn to be 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 Fort Wayne 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

Rudae's School of Beauty Culture - Fort Wayne, IN

Rudae's School of Beauty Culture, 5317 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825-5444. Rudae's School of Beauty Culture is a small school located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 150 students. Rudae's School of Beauty Culture has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Ravenscroft Beauty College - Fort Wayne, IN

Ravenscroft Beauty College, 6110 Stellhorn Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. Ravenscroft Beauty College is a small college located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 212 students. Ravenscroft Beauty College has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twenty students in 2008.

LICENSES

Registered Barber

Licensing agency: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Address: State Board of Barber Examiners, 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 234-3031
Website: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency State Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana photo by FTSKfan

Fort Wayne is located in Allen County, Indiana. It has a population of over 215,661. The cost of living index in Fort Wayne, 77, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Fort Wayne are valued at $141,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-eight new homes were constructed in Fort Wayne, down from one hundred seventy-three the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Fort Wayne are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and metal and metal products. The average travel time to work is about 20 minutes. More than 19.4% of Fort Wayne residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.5%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Fort Wayne is 10.5%, which is greater than Indiana's average of 9.4%.

The percentage of Fort Wayne residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.2%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Memorial Church, Bethany Church and Souls Harbor Church are some of the churches located in Fort Wayne. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the United Methodist Church.

Fort Wayne is home to the Orchard Ridge Country Club and the Georgetown Square as well as Swinney Park and Rockhill Park. Shopping centers in the area include The Uncommons Shopping Center, Decatur Road Shopping Center and Ayr-Way West Shopping Center. Visitors to Fort Wayne can choose from Days Inn Airport Plaza, Purofirst of Allen County and Hometown Inn for temporary stays in the area.