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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Columbia, Maryland

There are many career and education opportunities for barbers in the Columbia, Maryland area. About 150 people are currently employed as barbers in Maryland. By 2016, this is expected to grow 8% to 160 people employed. This is not quite as good as 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.

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.

The Columbia area is home to 109 schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Columbia where you can get a degree as a barber. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Columbia 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: Columbia, Maryland

Columbia, Maryland
Columbia, Maryland photo by Jeff Kubina

Columbia is located in Howard County, Maryland. It has a population of over 96,421. The cost of living index in Columbia, 100, is near the national average.

The three most popular industries for women in Columbia are educational services, health care, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, public administration, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 30 minutes. More than 59.0% of Columbia residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 28.7%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Columbia residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 49.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Atholton Seventh Day Adventist Church and Long Reach Interfaith Center are all churches located in Columbia. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Columbia is home to the Symphony Woods Office Center and the Rivers Corporate Park as well as Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and Clarksville Environmental Area. Shopping centers in the area include Governor Century Plaza Shopping Center, Atholton Shopping Center and Owen Brown Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Columbia can choose from PFMG, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Inn Columbia for temporary stays in the area.