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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Olathe, Kansas

For those living in the Olathe, Kansas area, there are many career and education opportunities for barbers. The national trend for barbers 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.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $11 per hour or $23,182 per year in Kansas, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are sixty schools of higher education in the Olathe area, including three within twenty-five miles of Olathe where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Olathe 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

House of Heavilin Beauty College - Kansas City, MO

House of Heavilin Beauty College, 5720 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110-2826. House of Heavilin Beauty College is a small college located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 30 students. House of Heavilin Beauty College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy - Kansas City, KS

Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy, 4327 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102. Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy is a small school located in Kansas City, Kansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 150 students and an admission rate of 77%. Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated ninety-two students in 2008.

House of Heavilin Beauty College 2 - Grandview, MO

House of Heavilin Beauty College 2, 12020 Blue Ridge Blvd, Grandview, MO 64030. House of Heavilin Beauty College 2 is a small college located in Grandview, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 54 students. House of Heavilin Beauty College 2 has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Barbering, Kansas Board of
Address: 700 SW Jackson, Suite 1002, Topeka, KS 66603-3743

Phone: (785) 296-2211
Website: Barbering, Kansas Board of

LOCATION INFORMATION: Olathe, Kansas

Olathe, Kansas
Olathe, Kansas photo by Ichabod

Olathe is situated in Johnson County, Kansas. It has a population of over 119,993, which has grown by 29.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Olathe, 78, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Olathe are priced at $315,000 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, three hundred fifty-two new homes were constructed in Olathe, down from five hundred ninety-nine the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Olathe are educational services, health care, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and finance and insurance. The average travel time to work is about 21 minutes. More than 39.9% of Olathe residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Olathe is 6.7%, which is greater than Kansas's average of 6.3%.

The percentage of Olathe residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.8%, is more than both the national and state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Shopping malls in the area include Twin Trail Shopping Center, East Gate Shopping Center and Gibson Shopping Center. Visitors to Olathe can choose from Microtel Inn Olathe, Sleep Inn Olathe and Grid Iron Sports Bar for temporary stays in the area.