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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Worcester, Massachusetts

Hairdresser career and educational opportunities abound in Worcester, Massachusetts. There are currently 16,270 jobs for hairdressers in Massachusetts and this is projected to grow 19% to 19,380 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for hairdressers are expected to grow by about 20.1%. Hairdressers generally provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

Hairdressers earn about $13 hourly or $28,060 yearly on average in Massachusetts and about $11 hourly or $23,140 annually on average nationally. Incomes for hairdressers 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 nine schools within twenty-five miles of Worcester where you can study to be a hairdresser, among thirty-nine schools of higher education total in the Worcester area. Given that the most common education level for hairdressers is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time training to become a hairdresser if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Hairdresser

Hairdresser video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. They also may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Hairdressers analyze customers' hair and other physical features to establish and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes. Equally important, hairdressers have to update and take care of customer data records. They are often called upon to keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs. They are expected to apply water, setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair. Finally, hairdressers comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Every day, hairdressers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for hairdressers to massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands or vibrating equipment. They are often called upon to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax. They also administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions. They are sometimes expected to operate cash registers to receive payments from customers. Somewhat less frequently, hairdressers are also expected to bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes.

and cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, on the basis of customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. And finally, they sometimes have to comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Like many other jobs, hairdressers must believe in cooperation and coordination and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Worcester include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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: Hairdresser 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 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 29 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other Specialties, less than one year which graduated 26 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 a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated one and forty-two students respectively in 2008.

Newport School of Hairdressing-Main Campus - Pawtucket, RI

Newport School of Hairdressing-Main Campus, 226 Main St, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Newport School of Hairdressing-Main Campus is a small school located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 59 students. Newport School of Hairdressing-Main Campus has 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 55 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other Specialties, less than one year which graduated 1 student 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 a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

Lincoln Technical Institute - Lincoln, RI

Lincoln Technical Institute, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, RI 02865. Lincoln Technical Institute is a small school located in Lincoln, Rhode Island. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 778 students. Lincoln Technical Institute has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

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 a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty students in 2008.

EINE Inc - Tewksbury, MA

EINE Inc, 1501 Main St Ste 48, Tewksbury, MA 01876. EINE Inc is a small school located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 31 students. EINE Inc has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Electrolysis/Electrology and Electrolysis Technician which graduated eight and eleven students respectively 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.

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 a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seventy-seven students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician: CPCT certification can be used to demonstrate advanced skill in permanent cosmetics to employers and clients to help advance ones career.

For more information, see the Allied Health Association website.

LICENSES

ELECTROLOGIST

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

Phone: (617) 727-9957
Website: Board of Registration of Electrologists

HAIRDRESSER

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: Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester, Massachusetts photo by Yassie

Worcester is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. It has a population of over 175,011, which has grown by 1.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Worcester, 121, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Worcester cost $108,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, sixty-one new homes were constructed in Worcester, down from two hundred fourteen the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Worcester are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is educational services, construction, and health care. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 23.3% of Worcester residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.8%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Worcester is 9.9%, which is greater than Massachusetts's average of 8.4%.

The percentage of Worcester residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 57.4%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Burncoat Baptist Church, United Congregational Church and Unitarian Universalist Church are among the churches located in Worcester. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church.

Worcester is home to the Tatnuck Country Club and the Massachusetts Biotech Research Park as well as Ty Cobb Park and General Foley Stadium. Shopping malls in the area include Lincoln Plaza Shopping Center, Mid Town Mall and Norwich Place Shopping Center. Visitors to Worcester can choose from Days Inn, Hampton Inn and Maple Manor Hotel for temporary stays in the area.