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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for barbers. There are currently 630 working barbers in Kentucky; this should grow 12% to about 700 working barbers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for barbers are expected to grow by about 11.6%. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn approximately $10 hourly or $22,070 yearly on average in Kentucky. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year. Earnings for barbers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Kentucky and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Lexington-Fayette area is home to twenty-two schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Lexington-Fayette where you can get a degree as a barber. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Lexington-Fayette 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

Lexington Beauty College - Lexington, KY

Lexington Beauty College, 90 Southport Dr, Lexington, KY 40503. Lexington Beauty College is a small college located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 29 students. Lexington Beauty College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

J M Academy of Cosmetology Inc - Frankfort, KY

J M Academy of Cosmetology Inc, 110-A Brighton Pk Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601-3714. J M Academy of Cosmetology Inc is a small school located in Frankfort, Kentucky. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 20 students. J M Academy of Cosmetology Inc has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Barrett and Company School of Hair Design - Nicholasville, KY

Barrett and Company School of Hair Design, 973 Kimberly Sq Unit F, Nicholasville, KY 40356-2152. Barrett and Company School of Hair Design is a small school located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 120 students. Barrett and Company School of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

The Salon Professional Academy - Lexington, KY

The Salon Professional Academy, 701 E High St, Lexington, KY 40502-1776. The Salon Professional Academy is a small school located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 16 students. The Salon Professional Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

LICENSES

Apprentice Barber

Licensing agency: Kentucky Board of Barbering
Address: 9114 Leesgate Road, Suite 6, Louisville, KY 40222

Phone: (502) 429-7148
Website: Kentucky Board of Barbering

Barber

Licensing agency: Kentucky Board of Barbering
Address: 9114 Leesgate Road, Suite 6, Louisville, KY 40222

Phone: (502) 429-7148
Website: Kentucky Board of Barbering

LOCATION INFORMATION: Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky photo by Jonesey

Lexington-Fayette is located in Fayette County, Kentucky. It has a population of over 282,114, which has grown by 8.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Lexington-Fayette, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Lexington-Fayette are valued at $167,600 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, seven hundred seventy-one new homes were built in Lexington-Fayette, down from 1,227 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Lexington-Fayette are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 35.6% of Lexington-Fayette residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.5%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Lexington-Fayette residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 47.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Victory Baptist Church, Aldersgate Church and Trinity Hill United Methodist Church are all churches located in Lexington-Fayette. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Lexington-Fayette is home to the Tates Creek Country Club and the Home of Henry Clay as well as Kentucky State Horse Park and Duncan Park. Shopping centers in the area include Fayette Mall, Turfland Mall and Lexington Mall.