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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Grand Rapids, Michigan

There are many career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. There are currently 1,300 working manicurists in Michigan; this should grow by 14% to about 1,490 working manicurists in the state 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%. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Income for manicurists is about $8 hourly or $17,470 annually on average in Michigan. Nationally, their income is about $9 hourly or $19,670 annually. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Michigan and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Grand Rapids area is home to nineteen schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Grand Rapids where you can get a degree as a manicurist. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. It will take a short time to learn to be 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 Grand Rapids include:

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  • 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

Empire Beauty School-Michigan - Grand Rapids, MI

Empire Beauty School-Michigan, 1735 Four Mile NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-2440. Empire Beauty School-Michigan is a small school located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 495 students. Empire Beauty School-Michigan has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 225 students in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids - Walker, MI

Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids, 3583 Alpine Ave, Walker, MI 49544. Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids is a small school located in Walker, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 47 students and an admission rate of 56%. Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer and Industry Services
Address: Bureau of Commercial Services, Michigan Board of Cosmetology, 2501 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48843

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

LOCATION INFORMATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan photo by Grguy2011

Grand Rapids is located in Kent County, Michigan. It has a population of over 193,396, which has shrunk by 2.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Grand Rapids, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Grand Rapids cost $98,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were built in Grand Rapids, down from ninety-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Grand Rapids are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 23.8% of Grand Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 15.4%, which is greater than Michigan's average of 14.3%.

The percentage of Grand Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.9%, is more than both the national and state average. Church of Jesus Christ, Immanuel Church and Trinity Church are among the churches located in Grand Rapids. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America.

Grand Rapids is home to the Kent Country Club and the Walker Juvenile Court as well as Comstock Riverside Park and Richmond Park. Visitors to Grand Rapids can choose from Hampton Inn Grand Rapids, Hampton Inn Grand Rapids/North- Mi and Hampton Inn Fax for temporary stays in the area.