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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in New Orleans, Louisiana

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for barbers in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. There are currently 860 jobs for barbers in Louisiana and this is projected to grow 20% to about 1,030 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for barbers, which 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.

Barbers earn about $11 per hour or $23,620 annually on average in Louisiana and about $11 hourly or $24,050 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for barbers are better than in the overall category of Personal Care in Louisiana, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are thirty-two schools of higher education in the New Orleans area, including four within twenty-five miles of New Orleans 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. It will take a short time to learn 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 New Orleans include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • 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

John Jay Beauty College - Kenner, LA

John Jay Beauty College, 2844 Tennessee Ave, Kenner, LA 70062. John Jay Beauty College is a small college located in Kenner, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 125 students. John Jay Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, less than one year.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Louisiana Technical College-West Jefferson Campus - Harvey, LA

Louisiana Technical College-West Jefferson Campus, 475 Manhattan Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058. Louisiana Technical College-West Jefferson Campus is a small college located in Harvey, Louisiana. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 276 students. Louisiana Technical College-West Jefferson Campus has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber.

Stevensons Academy of Hair Design - New Orleans, LA

Stevensons Academy of Hair Design, 401 Opelousas Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114. Stevensons Academy of Hair Design is a small school located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 162 students. Stevensons Academy of Hair Design has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 10 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year.

Vanguard College of Cosmetology - Slidell, LA

Vanguard College of Cosmetology, 740 Oak Harbor Blvd, Slidell, LA 70458-0458. Vanguard College of Cosmetology is a small college located in Slidell, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 104 students. Vanguard College of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated six students in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: LA State Board of Barber Examiners
Address: P. O. Box 14029, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-4029

Phone: (225) 925-1701
Website: LA State Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana photo by Krakers

New Orleans is located in Orleans Parish County, Louisiana. It has a population of over 311,853, which has shrunk by 35.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in New Orleans, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in New Orleans cost $139,700 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, eight hundred eighty-two new homes were built in New Orleans, down from 1,026 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in New Orleans are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is accommodation and food services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 26 minutes. More than 25.8% of New Orleans residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in New Orleans is 9.8%, which is greater than Louisiana's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of New Orleans residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.1%, is less than both the national and state average. All Saints Catholic Church, Iglesia Bautista Getsemani and Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church are among the churches located in New Orleans. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

New Orleans is home to the Keller Market and the New Orleans Country Club as well as Harris Playground and Hardin Playground. Shopping malls in the area include Carrollton Shopping Center, Read Boulevard Shopping Center and Read Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to New Orleans can choose from Rampart Street Connection, Lafitte Guest House and HAMPTON INN & SUITES CONV CTR for temporary stays in the area.