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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Gulfport, Mississippi

For those living in the Gulfport, Mississippi area, there are many career and education opportunities for barbers. 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.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $9 per hour or $19,048 per year in Mississippi, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are three schools within twenty-five miles of Gulfport where you can study to be a barber, among six schools of higher education total in the Gulfport area. Given that the most common education level for barbers is a post-secondary certificate, it will take a short time to learn 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 Gulfport 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

J & J Hair Design College - Gulfport, MS

J & J Hair Design College, 333 Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 39507. J & J Hair Design College is a small college located in Gulfport, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 21 students. J & J Hair Design College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 24 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Chris Beauty College - Gulfport, MS

Chris Beauty College, 1265 Pass Rd, Gulfport, MS 39501. Chris Beauty College is a small college located in Gulfport, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 121 students. Chris Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Day Spa Career College - Ocean Springs, MS

Day Spa Career College, 3900 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. Day Spa Career College is a small college located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 42 students. Day Spa Career College has a less than one year and a two to four year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Gulfport, Mississippi

Gulfport, Mississippi
Gulfport, Mississippi photo by Charlie Brenner

Gulfport is located in Harrison County, Mississippi. It has a population of over 70,055, which has shrunk by 1.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Gulfport, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Gulfport are valued at $108,600 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, two hundred forty-two new homes were constructed in Gulfport, down from three hundred twenty-nine the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Gulfport are health care, arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, arts, entertainment, and recreation, and public administration. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 19.1% of Gulfport residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.8%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Gulfport is 9.3%, which is less than Mississippi's average of 9.5%.

The percentage of Gulfport residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.8%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Saint Johns Catholic Church, Saint James Baptist Church and Broadmoor Baptist Church are all churches located in Gulfport. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Gulfport is home to the Harrison County Courthouse and the West Side Community Center as well as Cowan Road Field and Harbor Square Park. Shopping centers in the area include Great Southern Shopping Center, Gulf Mart Shopping Center and Hardy Court Shopping Center. Visitors to Gulfport can choose from Best Western Seaway Inn, Crystal Inn and Best Western Seaway for temporary stays in the area.