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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in New Orleans, Louisiana

Manicurists can find many career and educational opportunities in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. There are currently 230 working manicurists in Louisiana; this should grow by 46% to about 340 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Income for manicurists is about $9 per hour or $19,430 yearly on average in Louisiana. Nationally, their income is about $9 hourly or $19,670 yearly. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as 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 six within twenty-five miles of New Orleans where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Given that the most common education level 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 New Orleans include:

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

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 Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 47 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Aveda Institute-Covington - Covington, LA

Aveda Institute-Covington, 1355 Polders Lane, Covington, LA 70433. Aveda Institute-Covington is a small school located in Covington, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 83 students. Aveda Institute-Covington has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 87 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

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 Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 25 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, one to two year which graduated 5 students in 2008.

John Jay Beauty College - New Orleans, LA

John Jay Beauty College, 2844 Tennessee Ave Ste 101-Nola, New Orleans, LA 70124. John Jay Beauty College is a small college located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. John Jay Beauty College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

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 one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixty 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: 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.