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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Cambridge, Massachusetts

If you want to be a barber, the Cambridge, Massachusetts area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. 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.

Barbers earn about $13 hourly or $28,770 per year on average in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are three schools within twenty-five miles of Cambridge where you can study to be a barber, among 149 schools of higher education total in the Cambridge area. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Cambridge 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: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts photo by Scs

Cambridge is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It has a population of over 105,596, which has grown by 4.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Cambridge, 142, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Cambridge are priced at $1,078,700 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, twelve new homes were constructed in Cambridge, down from twenty-five the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Cambridge are educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and health care. For men, it is educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 65.1% of Cambridge residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 38.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Cambridge is 5.6%, which is less than Massachusetts's average of 8.4%.

The percentage of Cambridge residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 73.6%, is more than both the national and state average. Western Avenue Baptist Church, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chapel and Cambridgeport Baptist Church are some of the churches located in Cambridge. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church.

Cambridge is home to the Great Court and the Cutter Square as well as John A Ahern Field and Sheridan Square. Shopping malls in the area include Porter Square Shopping Center, The Atrium Shopping Center and Cambridgeside Galleria Shopping Center.