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

There are many career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky area. There are currently 480 working manicurists in Kentucky; this should grow 16% to about 560 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $9 per hour or $19,340 yearly on average in Kentucky and about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for manicurists 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.

There are five schools within twenty-five miles of Lexington-Fayette where you can study to be a manicurist, among twenty-two schools of higher education total in the Lexington-Fayette area. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. It will take a short time to learn to be a manicurist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Manicurist

Manicurist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. They also may polish or decorate nails.

Manicurists clean and sanitize tools and work environments. They also advise patrons on nail care and use of products and colors. Equally important, manicurists have to apply undercoats and clear or colored polish onto nails with brushes. They are often called upon to shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, and emery boards. They are expected to remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs. Finally, manicurists treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping, or furnish treatment to nail biters.

Every day, manicurists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for manicurists to attach paper forms to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails. They are often called upon to brush powder and solvent onto nails and paper forms to preserve nail appearance and to extend nails, then remove forms and shape and smooth nail edges using rotary abrasive wheel. They also decorate patrons' nails by piercing them or attaching ornaments or designs. They are sometimes expected to roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel. Somewhat less frequently, manicurists are also expected to clean customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.

Manicurists sometimes are asked to polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer. and soften nail cuticles with water and oil, push back cuticles, using cuticle knife, and trim cuticles, using scissors or nippers. And finally, they sometimes have to whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencil.

Like many other jobs, manicurists must be reliable and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Lexington-Fayette include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Manicurist Training

Bluegrass Community and Technical College - Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40506. Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a large college located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 12,200 students. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six and two students respectively in 2008.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 22 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 39 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 20 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

LICENSES

Nail Technician

Licensing agency: Kentucky Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists
Address: 111 St. James Court, Suite A, Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 564-4262
Website: Kentucky Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists

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.