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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in St. Louis, Missouri

For those living in the St. Louis, Missouri 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. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Income for barbers is about $10 hourly or $22,690 annually on average in Missouri. Nationally, their income is about $11 per hour or $24,050 annually. Incomes for barbers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Missouri, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are eight schools within twenty-five miles of St. Louis where you can study to be a barber, among seventy-one schools of higher education total in the St. Louis 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 St. Louis include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • 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

Elaine Steven Beauty College - Saint Louis, MO

Elaine Steven Beauty College, 10420 W Florissant, Saint Louis, MO 63136-5618. Elaine Steven Beauty College is a small college located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 194 students. Elaine Steven Beauty College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

Vees School of Beauty Culture - East Saint Louis, IL

Vees School of Beauty Culture, 2701 State St, East Saint Louis, IL 62205. Vees School of Beauty Culture is a small school located in East Saint Louis, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 41 students. Vees School of Beauty Culture has a one to two year program in Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

St Louis Hair Academy - Saint Louis, MO

St Louis Hair Academy, 3701 Kossuth, Saint Louis, MO 63107-1737. St Louis Hair Academy is a small school located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 27 students and an admission rate of 100%. St Louis Hair Academy has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty - Cottleville, MO

Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty, 5065 Highway N, Cottleville, MO 63304. Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty is a small school located in Cottleville, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 9 students. Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology - Edwardsville, IL

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology, 333 South Kansas St, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Alvareitas College of Cosmetology is a small college located in Edwardsville, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 29 students. Alvareitas College of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 20 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year.

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology - Belleville, IL

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology, 5400 West Main, Belleville, IL 62226. Alvareitas College of Cosmetology is a small college located in Belleville, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 14 students. Alvareitas College of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 29 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty - Saint Ann, MO

Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty, 18 Northwest Plz, Saint Ann, MO 63074-2214. Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty is a small school located in Saint Ann, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 87 students. Patsy and Robs Academy of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated five students in 2008.

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology - Godfrey, IL

Alvareitas College of Cosmetology, 3048 Godfrey Rd, Godfrey, IL 62035-4150. Alvareitas College of Cosmetology is a small college located in Godfrey, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 36 students. Alvareitas College of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 30 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year which graduated 2 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri photo by Dschwen

St. Louis is located in St. Louis City County, Missouri. It has a population of over 354,361, which has grown by 1.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in St. Louis, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in St. Louis are priced at $111,600 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, one hundred fifty-seven new homes were built in St. Louis, down from two hundred sixty-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in St. Louis are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is accommodation and food services, construction, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 25 minutes. More than 19.1% of St. Louis residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in St. Louis is 10.9%, which is greater than Missouri's average of 8.9%.

Nativity of Our Lord Church, Church of the Good Shepard and Church of the Holy Communion are among the churches located in St. Louis.

St. Louis is home to the Terminal Railroad Association Building and the Memorial Home as well as Washington Park and Willmore Park. Shopping malls in the area include Hampton Village Shopping Center and Loughborough Shopping Center.