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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Jackson, Mississippi

If you want to be a barber, the Jackson, Mississippi area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. The national trend for barbers sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. Barbers generally 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 six schools within twenty-five miles of Jackson where you can study to be a barber, among seventeen schools of higher education total in the Jackson area. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Jackson 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

Traxlers School of Hair - Jackson, MS

Traxlers School of Hair, 2845 Suncrest Dr, Jackson, MS 39212. Traxlers School of Hair is a small school located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 78 students. Traxlers School of Hair has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 16 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 4 students in 2008.

Magnolia College of Cosmetology - Jackson, MS

Magnolia College of Cosmetology, 4725 I55 N, Jackson, MS 39206. Magnolia College of Cosmetology is a small college located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 172 students. Magnolia College of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated five students in 2008.

Hinds Community College - Raymond, MS

Hinds Community College, 501 East Main Street, Raymond, MS 39154. Hinds Community College is a large college located in Raymond, Mississippi. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,398 students. Hinds Community College has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated fifteen students in 2008.

Academy of Hair Design Three - Jackson, MS

Academy of Hair Design Three, 1815 Terry Rd, Jackson, MS 39204. Academy of Hair Design Three is a small school located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 50 students. Academy of Hair Design Three has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 17 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year, one to two year, and two to four year.

Academy of Hair Design Four - Pearl, MS

Academy of Hair Design Four, 3167 Hwy 80 E, Pearl, MS 39208. Academy of Hair Design Four is a small school located in Pearl, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 35 students. Academy of Hair Design Four has less than one year, one to two year, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Virginia College-Jackson - Jackson, MS

Virginia College-Jackson, 4795 Interstate 55 N, Jackson, MS 39206-4026. Virginia College-Jackson is a small college located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 820 students and an admission rate of 68%. Virginia College-Jackson has an associate's degree program in Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager which graduated two students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi photo by Yassie

Jackson is situated in Hinds County, Mississippi. It has a population of over 173,861, which has shrunk by 5.6% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Jackson, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Jackson cost $101,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, four hundred fifty-six new homes were built in Jackson, up from two hundred twenty-three the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Jackson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 20 minutes. More than 27.1% of Jackson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.2%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Jackson is 9.2%, which is less than Mississippi's average of 9.5%.

The percentage of Jackson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Bibleway Baptist Church, Saint Johns Missionary Baptist Church and Saint John Deliverance Temple Number 2 are some of the churches located in Jackson. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Jackson is home to the Riverhills Country Club and the Colonial Country Club as well as Smith-Wills Stadium and Lefleurs Bluff State Park. Shopping malls in the area include North Terry Road Shopping Center, Northside Shopping Center and Northtown Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Jackson can choose from Days Inn-Coliseum, Econo Lodge and Regal Sales Office for temporary stays in the area.