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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Detroit, Michigan

Barbers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Detroit, Michigan area. About 1,620 people are currently employed as barbers in Michigan. By 2016, this is expected to grow 6% to 1,720 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.

Barbers earn about $14 per hour or $30,360 per year on average in Michigan and about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year on average nationally. Earnings for barbers are better than earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Michigan and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are seventy-three schools of higher education in the Detroit area, including ten within twenty-five miles of Detroit where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. 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 Detroit 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

Michigan Barber School Inc - Detroit, MI

Michigan Barber School Inc, 8988-90 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48204-2244. Michigan Barber School Inc is a small school located in Detroit, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 219 students and an admission rate of 76%. Michigan Barber School Inc has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated fifty-five students in 2008.

Virginia Farrell Beauty School - Ferndale, MI

Virginia Farrell Beauty School, 22925 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220. Virginia Farrell Beauty School is a small school located in Ferndale, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 138 students. Virginia Farrell Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Virginia Farrell Beauty School - Livonia, MI

Virginia Farrell Beauty School, 33425 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154. Virginia Farrell Beauty School is a small school located in Livonia, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 102 students. Virginia Farrell Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Virginia Farrell Beauty School - Saint Clair Shores, MI

Virginia Farrell Beauty School, 23620 Harper Rd, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080. Virginia Farrell Beauty School is a small school located in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 59 students. Virginia Farrell Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Oakland Community College - Bloomfield Hills, MI

Oakland Community College, 2480 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266. Oakland Community College is a large college located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 24,957 students. Oakland Community College has an associate's degree program in Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager which graduated ten students in 2008.

Schoolcraft College - Livonia, MI

Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152-2696. Schoolcraft College is a large college located in Livonia, Michigan. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 12,560 students. Schoolcraft College has a one to two year program in Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager which graduated five students in 2008.

Michigan College of Beauty - Troy, MI

Michigan College of Beauty, 3498 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48083. Michigan College of Beauty is a small college located in Troy, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 306 students. Michigan College of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

P&A Scholars Beauty School - Detroit, MI

P&A Scholars Beauty School, 12001 Grandriver Ave., Detroit, MI 48204. P&A Scholars Beauty School is a small school located in Detroit, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 202 students and an admission rate of 100%. P&A Scholars Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Virginia Farrell Beauty School - Westland, MI

Virginia Farrell Beauty School, 34580 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185. Virginia Farrell Beauty School is a small school located in Westland, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 199 students. Virginia Farrell Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

David Pressley School of Cosmetology - Royal Oak, MI

David Pressley School of Cosmetology, 1127 S Washington St, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3219. David Pressley School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Royal Oak, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 235 students and an admission rate of 100%. David Pressley School of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated nine students in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer and Industry Services
Address: Bureau of Commercial Services, Michigan Board of Barber Examiners, 2501 Woodlake Cirlce, PO Box 30018, Okemos, MI 48864

Phone: (517) 241-9201
Website: Department of Consumer and Industry Services Bureau of Commercial Services Michigan Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan photo by Durova

Detroit is located in Wayne County, Michigan. It has a population of over 912,062, which has shrunk by 4.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Detroit, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Detroit are priced at $108,900 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, eighty-five new homes were built in Detroit, down from one hundred fifty-four the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Detroit are health care, educational services, and transportation equipment. For men, it is transportation equipment, construction, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average commute to work is about 28 minutes. More than 11.0% of Detroit residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Detroit is 27.0%, which is greater than Michigan's average of 14.3%.

The percentage of Detroit residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.7%, is less than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Muslim Estimate and the Lutheran Church.

Detroit is home to the Memorial Park Marina and the Detroit Golf Club as well as Chene Park and Mallett Playground. Visitors to Detroit can choose from Corktown Inn, Clark's Motel and Days Inn of Downtown Detroit for temporary stays in the area.