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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for manicurists in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Currently, 1,690 people work as manicurists in Massachusetts. This is expected to grow by 17% to 1,980 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $12 hourly or $25,800 per year on average in Massachusetts and about $9 hourly or $19,670 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Massachusetts and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are 149 schools of higher education in the Cambridge area, including fifteen within twenty-five miles of Cambridge where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Cambridge include:

  • 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

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 Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-nine students in 2008.

North Shore Community College - Danvers, MA

North Shore Community College, 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923-0840. North Shore Community College is a medium sized college located in Danvers, Massachusetts. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,223 students. North Shore Community College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-four students in 2008.

Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute - Lowell, MA

Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute, 136 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852-1909. Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute is a small school located in Lowell, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 68 students. Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year and one to two year which graduated one and forty-two students respectively in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 25 students in 2008.

Mansfield Beauty Schools - Quincy, MA

Mansfield Beauty Schools, 200 Parking Way, Quincy, MA 02169. Mansfield Beauty Schools is a small school located in Quincy, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 79 students. Mansfield Beauty Schools has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-three students in 2008.

Hair in Motion Beauty Academy - Worcester, MA

Hair in Motion Beauty Academy, 73 Hamilton St, Worcester, MA 01604-2213. Hair in Motion Beauty 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 32 students. Hair in Motion Beauty Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 31 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

Blaine the Beauty Career School-Malden - Malden, MA

Blaine the Beauty Career School-Malden, 347 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148. Blaine the Beauty Career School-Malden is a small school located in Malden, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 205 students. Blaine the Beauty Career School-Malden has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 137 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 10 students in 2008.

Blaine the Beauty Career School-Boston - Boston, MA

Blaine the Beauty Career School-Boston, 30 West Street, Boston, MA 02111. Blaine the Beauty Career School-Boston is a small school located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 265 students. Blaine the Beauty Career School-Boston has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 160 students 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year which graduated 55 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 16 students in 2008.

La Baron Hairdressing Academy - Brockton, MA

La Baron Hairdressing Academy, 240 Liberty St, Brockton, MA 02301. La Baron Hairdressing Academy is a small school located in Brockton, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 22 students. La Baron Hairdressing Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 62 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Blaine the Beauty Career School-Waltham - Waltham, MA

Blaine the Beauty Career School-Waltham, 314 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453. Blaine the Beauty Career School-Waltham is a small school located in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 125 students. Blaine the Beauty Career School-Waltham has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-four students in 2008.

Ailano School of Cosmetology - Brockton, MA

Ailano School of Cosmetology, 541 West St, Brockton, MA 02301-5734. Ailano School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Brockton, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 49 students. Ailano School of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 42 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 16 students in 2008.

Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Lowell - Lowell, MA

Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Lowell, 231 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852. Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Lowell is a small school located in Lowell, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 215 students. Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Lowell has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 131 students in 2008.

Henris School of Hair Design - Fitchburg, MA

Henris School of Hair Design, 276 Water St, Fitchburg, MA 01420-5675. Henris School of Hair Design is a small school located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 27 students. Henris School of Hair Design has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 30 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 17 students in 2008.

Continental Academie of Hair Design - Hudson, NH

Continental Academie of Hair Design, 102 Derry St, Hudson, NH 03051. Continental Academie of Hair Design is a small school located in Hudson, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 60 students and an admission rate of 84%. Continental Academie of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-nine students in 2008.

Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Framingham - Framingham, MA

Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Framingham, 624 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701. Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Framingham is a small school located in Framingham, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 115 students. Blaine the Beauty Career Schools-Framingham has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 77 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

LICENSES

MANICURIST

Licensing agency: Division of Registration of Cosmetologists
Address: 239 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114

Phone: (617) 727-9940
Website: Division of Registration of Cosmetologists

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.