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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

If you want to be a manicurist, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 230 working manicurists in Louisiana; this should grow 46% to about 340 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $9 per hour or $19,430 annually on average in Louisiana and about $9 hourly or $19,670 yearly 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 Louisiana and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Baton Rouge area is home to thirty-six schools of higher education, including seven within twenty-five miles of Baton Rouge where you can get a degree as a manicurist. 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 Baton Rouge 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

Denham Springs Beauty School - Denham Springs, LA

Denham Springs Beauty School, 923 Florida Blvd, Denham Springs, LA 70726. Denham Springs Beauty School is a small school located in Denham Springs, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 75 students. Denham Springs Beauty School has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 37 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 9 students in 2008.

Camelot College - Baton Rouge, LA

Camelot College, 2618 Wooddale Blvd Ste A, Baton Rouge, LA 70805. Camelot College is a small college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 236 students. Camelot College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-eight students in 2008.

Alden's School of Cosmetology - Baker, LA

Alden's School of Cosmetology, 2080 Main St, Baker, LA 70714. Alden's School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Baker, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 23 students. Alden's School of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 18 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 5 students in 2008.

Louisiana Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus - Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus, 3250 North Acadian Thruway East, Baton Rouge, LA 70805. Louisiana Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus is a small college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,161 students. Louisiana Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated four and six students respectively in 2008.

D-Jays School of Beauty Arts and Sciences - Baton Rouge, LA

D-Jays School of Beauty Arts and Sciences, 10120 Red Oaks Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. D-Jays School of Beauty Arts and Sciences is a small school located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 85 students. D-Jays School of Beauty Arts and Sciences has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 9 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 4 students in 2008.

Louisiana Technical College-Jumonville Memorial - New Roads, LA

Louisiana Technical College-Jumonville Memorial, 605 Hospital Road, New Roads, LA 70760. Louisiana Technical College-Jumonville Memorial is a small college located in New Roads, Louisiana. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 225 students. Louisiana Technical College-Jumonville Memorial has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

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

Aveda Institute-Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge, LA

Aveda Institute-Baton Rouge, 2834 S Sherwood Forest Blvd Ste A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816-2246. Aveda Institute-Baton Rouge is a small school located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 80 students. Aveda Institute-Baton Rouge has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighty-three students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Licensing agency: Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology
Address: 11622 Sunbelt Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-4208

Phone: (225) 756-3404
Website: Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology

LOCATION INFORMATION: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana photo by Anrie

Baton Rouge is situated in East Baton Rouge Parish County, Louisiana. It has a population of over 223,689, which has shrunk by 1.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Baton Rouge, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Baton Rouge are priced at $189,100 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-five new homes were built in Baton Rouge, down from two hundred fifty-seven the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Baton Rouge are educational services, health care, and public administration. For men, it is educational services, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 21 minutes. More than 31.7% of Baton Rouge residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 12.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge is 7.1%, which is the same as Louisiana's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Baton Rouge residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.7%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Hughes United Methodist Church and Straight Life Baptist Church are all churches located in Baton Rouge. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Baton Rouge is home to the Baton Rouge Industrial Park and the Baton Rouge Country Club as well as Howell Park and Independence Park. Shopping centers in the area include Carriage Alley Shopping Center, Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center and Foret and McCall Shopping Center. Visitors to Baton Rouge can choose from Pines Motel, Motel 6 and Shoneys Inn & Suites Baton Rouge for temporary stays in the area.