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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Baltimore, Maryland

Barbers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Baltimore, Maryland area. About 150 people are currently employed as barbers in Maryland. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 8% to 160 people employed. This is not quite as good as 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.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $24,501 per year in Maryland, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Baltimore where you can study to be a barber, among 102 schools of higher education total in the Baltimore area. Given that the most common education level for barbers is a post-secondary certificate, 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 Baltimore 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.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

Bennett Career Institute - Washington, DC

Bennett Career Institute, 700 Monroe Street N.E., Washington, DC 20017. Bennett Career Institute is a small school located in Washington, District of Columbia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 176 students. Bennett Career Institute has 3 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 15 students in 2008.
  • Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

American Beauty Academy - Wheaton, MD

American Beauty Academy, 11006 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902-1911. American Beauty Academy is a small school located in Wheaton, Maryland. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 163 students and an admission rate of 91%. American Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

Dudley Beauty College - Washington, DC

Dudley Beauty College, 2031 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018-2834. Dudley Beauty College is a small college located in Washington, District of Columbia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 94 students. Dudley Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager, less than one year.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

The Fila Academy Inc - Glen Burnie, MD

The Fila Academy Inc, 6320 F Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. The Fila Academy Inc is a small school located in Glen Burnie, Maryland. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 30 students. The Fila Academy Inc has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated forty-five students in 2008.

LICENSES

APPRENTICE BARBER

Licensing agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Address: State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 500 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 230-6193
Website: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

BARBER

Licensing agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Address: State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 500 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 230-6193
Website: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

MASTER BARBER

Licensing agency: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Address: State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, 500 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 230-6193
Website: Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists

LOCATION INFORMATION: Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland photo by Nfutvol

Baltimore is located in Baltimore City County, Maryland. It has a population of over 636,919, which has shrunk by 2.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Baltimore, 96, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Baltimore cost $139,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, one hundred fifty-three new homes were built in Baltimore, down from two hundred four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Baltimore are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, educational services, and public administration. The average travel time to work is about 31 minutes. More than 19.1% of Baltimore residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Baltimore is 10.8%, which is greater than Maryland's average of 7.2%.

A W Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church, Abbott Memorial Presbyterian Church and Rogers Avenue Synagogue are all churches located in Baltimore.

Baltimore is home to the Governors Yacht Club and the Oriole Park at Camden Yards as well as Venable Park and Eutaw-Madison Apartment House Historic District. Shopping centers in the area include Alameda Shopping Center, Village Square of Cross Keys Shopping Center and Waverly Tower Shopping Center. Visitors to Baltimore can choose from Four Seasons Complete Camper Care Center, Knights Inn and Hilton & Towers for temporary stays in the area.