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

Manicurists can find many career and educational opportunities in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Currently, 520 people work as manicurists in Missouri. This is expected to grow 28% to 660 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Income for manicurists is about $7 hourly or $16,310 yearly on average in Missouri. Nationally, their income is about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year. Manicurists earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Missouri and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are seventy-one schools of higher education in the St. Louis area, including eleven within twenty-five miles of St. Louis where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 St. Louis include:

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

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 38 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Fairview Heights - Fairview Heights, IL

Regency Beauty Institute-Fairview Heights, 10850 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, IL 62208. Regency Beauty Institute-Fairview Heights is a small school located in Fairview Heights, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 109 students and an admission rate of 67%. Regency Beauty Institute-Fairview Heights has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-five students in 2008.

Divas Unlimited Academy - St Louis, MO

Divas Unlimited Academy, 3306 Brown Rd, St Louis, MO 63114. Divas Unlimited Academy is a small school located in St Louis, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 6 students. Divas Unlimited Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Regency Beauty Institute-St. Peters - St. Peters, MO

Regency Beauty Institute-St. Peters, 259 Salt Lick Road, St. Peters, MO 63376. Regency Beauty Institute-St. Peters is a small school located in St. Peters, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 77 students and an admission rate of 76%. Regency Beauty Institute-St. Peters has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

National Academy of Beauty Arts - Saint Louis, MO

National Academy of Beauty Arts, 157 Concord Plz Lower Level, Saint Louis, MO 63128-0000. National Academy of Beauty Arts is a small school located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 350 students. National Academy of Beauty Arts has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 183 students in 2008.

Vatterott College - Sunset Hills, MO

Vatterott College, 12970 Maurer Industrial Dr, Sunset Hills, MO 63127-1516. Vatterott College is a small college located in Sunset Hills, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 603 students. Vatterott College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-four students in 2008.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 55 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Vatterott College - Berkeley, MO

Vatterott College, 8580 Evans Avenue, Berkeley, MO 63134. Vatterott College is a small college located in Berkeley, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 971 students. Vatterott College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

Grabber School of Hair Design - Ballwin, MO

Grabber School of Hair Design, 14557 Manchester, Ballwin, MO 63011. Grabber School of Hair Design is a small school located in Ballwin, Missouri. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 74 students. Grabber School of Hair Design has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year and one to two year which graduated forty-four and thirteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 10 students in 2008.

LICENSES

Cosmetologist/Manicuring

Phone: (573) 751-1052
Website: Division Of Professional Registration Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

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.