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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Kansas City, Missouri

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for barbers in the Kansas City, Missouri area. 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.

A person working as a barber can expect to earn about $10 hourly or $22,690 annually on average in Missouri and about $11 hourly or $24,050 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for barbers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Missouri and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Kansas City where you can study to be a barber, among seventy-one schools of higher education total in the Kansas City 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 Kansas City 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.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

House of Heavilin Beauty College 2 - Grandview, MO

House of Heavilin Beauty College 2, 12020 Blue Ridge Blvd, Grandview, MO 64030. House of Heavilin Beauty College 2 is a small college located in Grandview, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 54 students. House of Heavilin Beauty College 2 has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

House of Heavilin Beauty College - Kansas City, MO

House of Heavilin Beauty College, 5720 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110-2826. House of Heavilin Beauty College is a small college located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 30 students. House of Heavilin Beauty College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy - Kansas City, KS

Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy, 4327 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102. Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy is a small school located in Kansas City, Kansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 150 students and an admission rate of 77%. Cutting Edge Hairstyling Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated ninety-two students in 2008.

House of Heavilin Beauty School - Blue Springs, MO

House of Heavilin Beauty School, 2000 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO 64014. House of Heavilin Beauty School is a small school located in Blue Springs, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 86 students. House of Heavilin Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri photo by Dillard421

Kansas City is situated in Jackson County, Missouri. It has a population of over 451,572, which has grown by 2.3% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Kansas City, 78, is well below the national average.

The top three industries for women in Kansas City are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and public administration. The average travel time to work is about 22 minutes. More than 25.7% of Kansas City residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Kansas City is 11.3%, which is greater than Missouri's average of 8.9%.

The percentage of Kansas City residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 51.2%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Glenwood Church, Antioch Church and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary are among the churches located in Kansas City. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Kansas City is home to the Ozanam Boys Home and the Watts Mill Center as well as Central Park and West Terrace Park. Shopping malls in the area include Antioch Shopping Center, Wornall Village Shopping Center and Winwood Shopping Center. Visitors to Kansas City can choose from Budget Host Inn, Days Inn and Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City Internatinl Arprt for temporary stays in the area.