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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Omaha, Nebraska

Barber career and educational opportunities abound in Omaha, Nebraska. 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.

Barbers earn approximately $11 hourly or $24,320 yearly on average in Nebraska. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year. Barbers earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Nebraska and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are thirty-one schools of higher education in the Omaha area, including four within twenty-five miles of Omaha where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Omaha 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

Xenon International Academy II Inc - Omaha, NE

Xenon International Academy II Inc, 8516 Park Drive, Omaha, NE 68127-3622. Xenon International Academy II Inc is a small school located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 242 students and an admission rate of 100%. Xenon International Academy II Inc has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two and zero students respectively in 2008.

La'James International College - Fremont, NE

La'James International College, 1660 N Grant, Fremont, NE 68025. La'James International College is a small college located in Fremont, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 42 students. La'James International College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year and two to four year which graduated one and zero students respectively in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

College of Hair Design - Lincoln, NE

College of Hair Design, 304 S Eleventh St, Lincoln, NE 68508-2199. College of Hair Design is a small college located in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 201 students. College of Hair Design has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

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

Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln - Lincoln, NE

Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln, 5801 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510-2226. Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln is a small college located in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 353 students. Josephs College of Beauty-Lincoln has a two to four year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated thirty-two students in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Nebraska Board of Barber Examiners
Address: PO Box 94723, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone: (402) 471-2051
Website: Nebraska Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska photo by Yassie

Omaha is located in Douglas County, Nebraska. It has a population of over 438,646, which has grown by 12.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Omaha, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Omaha are valued at $105,100 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, 1,576 new homes were built in Omaha, down from 1,905 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Omaha are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 18 minutes. More than 28.7% of Omaha residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Omaha is 4.7%, which is greater than Nebraska's average of 4.5%.

The percentage of Omaha residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 54.5%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary Chapel of Omaha and Calvary Foursquare Gospel Church are all churches located in Omaha. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church.

Omaha is home to the Gibson and the Cedar Hills Golf Course as well as Al Caniglia Field and Adams Park. Shopping malls in the area include Frederick Square Shopping Center, North Park Shopping Center and Oak View Mall. Visitors to Omaha can choose from Countryside Suites, Hampton Inn Omaha-Central and Townhouse Inn for temporary stays in the area.