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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Gulfport, Mississippi

Gulfport, Mississippi provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for manicurists. The national trend for manicurists sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $7 hourly or $15,790 yearly on average in Mississippi and about $9 per hour or $19,670 annually 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 Mississippi and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are six schools of higher education in the Gulfport area, including three within twenty-five miles of Gulfport where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Gulfport 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

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 26 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, 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 Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 56 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 27 students in 2008.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Perkinston, MS

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 51 Main Street, Perkinston, MS 39573. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is a medium sized college located in Perkinston, Mississippi. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,215 students. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Licensing agency: The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetoloogy
Address: 3000 Old Canton Rd, Ste 112, PO Box 55689, Jackson, MS 39296-5689

Phone: (601) 987-6837
Website: The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetoloogy

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.