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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Boston, Massachusetts

Barber career and educational opportunities abound in Boston, Massachusetts. The national trend for barbers 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.

A person working as a barber can expect to earn about $13 hourly or $28,770 annually on average in Massachusetts and about $11 hourly or $24,050 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for barbers are better than earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Massachusetts and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Boston area is home to 151 schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Boston 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 Boston 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

Rob Roy Academy - Worcester, MA

Rob Roy Academy, 150 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA 01609. Rob Roy Academy is a small school located in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 223 students. Rob Roy Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated thirty-five students in 2008.

Massachusetts School of Barbering and Men's Hairstyling - Quincy, MA

Massachusetts School of Barbering and Men's Hairstyling, 1585 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169. Massachusetts School of Barbering and Men's Hairstyling is a small school located in Quincy, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 68 students. Massachusetts School of Barbering and Men's Hairstyling has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated seven and twenty-seven students respectively in 2008.

New England Hair Academy - Malden, MA

New England Hair Academy, 492-500 Main St, Malden, MA 02148. New England Hair Academy is a small school located in Malden, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 112 students. New England Hair Academy has a less than one year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated thirty-seven students in 2008.

LICENSES

BARBER

Licensing agency: Board of Registration of Barbers
Address: 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114

Phone: (617) 727-7367
Website: Board of Registration of Barbers

LOCATION INFORMATION: Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts photo by Ahonc

Boston is situated in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. It has a population of over 609,023, which has grown by 3.4% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Boston, 136, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Boston are valued at $216,200 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were constructed in Boston, down from forty-eight the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Boston are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, educational services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 29 minutes. More than 35.6% of Boston residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 15.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Boston is 8.2%, which is less than Massachusetts's average of 8.4%.

The percentage of Boston residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 60.0%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Brighton Congregational Church, Leslie Lindsay Chapel and Universalist Meeting House are some of the churches located in Boston. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Muslim Estimate and the Episcopal Church.

Boston is home to the Metropolitan Water Works Pumping Stations and the Mystic Pier 1 as well as Schoolboy Stadium and Liberty Square. Shopping centers in the area include Legion Shopping Center, Longwood Galleria Shopping Center and Neponset Circle Shopping Center. Visitors to Boston can choose from Federalist Restaurant, Eco-Logical Solutions and Omni Parker Hotel for temporary stays in the area.