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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for barbers. The national trend for barbers sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $11 per hour or $23,322 per year in Iowa, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are three schools within twenty-five miles of Cedar Rapids where you can study to be a barber, among thirteen schools of higher education total in the Cedar Rapids area. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Cedar Rapids 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

College of Hair Design - Waterloo, IA

College of Hair Design, 722 Water St, Ste 201, Waterloo, IA 50703-4734. College of Hair Design is a small college located in Waterloo, Iowa. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 42 students. College of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

American College of Hairstyling-Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids, IA

American College of Hairstyling-Cedar Rapids, 1531 First Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. American College of Hairstyling-Cedar Rapids is a small college located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 15 students. American College of Hairstyling-Cedar Rapids has less than one year, one to two year, and two to four year programs in Barbering/Barber which graduated zero, zero, and nine students respectively in 2008.

La James International College - Iowa City, IA

La James International College, 227 E Market-Brewery Sq, Iowa City, IA 52245. La James International College is a small college located in Iowa City, Iowa. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 71 students. La James International College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

LICENSES

Barber Practitioner

Licensing agency: Board of Barber Examiners
Address: Bureau of Professional Licensure, Iowa Department of Public Health, Lucas State Office Building, 321 E 12th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Phone: (515) 281-6959
Website: Board of Barber Examiners Bureau of Professional Licensure Iowa Department of Public Health

LOCATION INFORMATION: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa photo by Davumaya

Cedar Rapids is located in Linn County, Iowa. It has a population of over 128,056, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Cedar Rapids, 78, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Cedar Rapids are valued at $103,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred ninety-nine new homes were built in Cedar Rapids, up from two hundred ninety-eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Cedar Rapids are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 17 minutes. More than 28.4% of Cedar Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Cedar Rapids is 6.0%, which is less than Iowa's average of 6.1%.

The percentage of Cedar Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.0%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Seventh Day Church of God, Sevanth-Day Adventist Church and Hope Lutheran Church are some of the churches located in Cedar Rapids. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Cedar Rapids is home to the Brucemore and the Admissions Office as well as Tomahawk Park and Noelridge Park. Shopping centers in the area include Mays Shopping Center, Lindale Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Shopping Center. Visitors to Cedar Rapids can choose from Howard Johnson, Marriott Cedar Rapids and Clarion Hotel & Convention Center for temporary stays in the area.