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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Omaha, Nebraska

If you want to be a hairdresser, the Omaha, Nebraska area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. The national trend for hairdressers sees this job pool growing by about 20.1% over the next eight years. In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

Hairdressers earn about $9 hourly or $20,160 annually on average in Nebraska and about $11 hourly or $23,140 annually on average nationally. Earnings for hairdressers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Nebraska and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Omaha area is home to thirty-one schools of higher education, including seven within twenty-five miles of Omaha where you can get a degree as a hairdresser. Given that the most common education level for hairdressers is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time studying to be a hairdresser if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Hairdresser

Hairdresser video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. They also may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Hairdressers analyze customers' hair and other physical features to establish and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes. Equally important, hairdressers have to update and take care of customer data records. They are often called upon to keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs. They are expected to apply water, setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair. Finally, hairdressers comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Every day, hairdressers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for hairdressers to massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands or vibrating equipment. They are often called upon to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax. They also administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions. They are sometimes expected to operate cash registers to receive payments from customers. Somewhat less frequently, hairdressers are also expected to bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes.

and cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, on the basis of customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. And finally, they sometimes have to comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Like many other jobs, hairdressers must believe in cooperation and coordination and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Omaha include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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: Hairdresser Training

E Q School of Hair Design - Council Bluffs, IA

E Q School of Hair Design, 536 W Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. E Q School of Hair Design is a small school located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 51 students. E Q School of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students 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 Hairdresser. They are:

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

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 Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 110 students 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 Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 92 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year.

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 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 121 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year and one to two year which graduated two and zero students respectively in 2008.

Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus - Omaha, NE

Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus, 11818 I Street, Omaha, NE 68137. Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus is a small college located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 329 students. Vatterott College-Spring Valley Campus has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-eight students in 2008.

Capitol School of Hairstyling - Omaha, NE

Capitol School of Hairstyling, 2819 S 125 Ave, Suite 268, Omaha, NE 68144. Capitol School of Hairstyling is a small school located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 97 students. Capitol School of Hairstyling has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seventy-three students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician: CPCT certification can be used to demonstrate advanced skill in permanent cosmetics to employers and clients to help advance ones career.

For more information, see the Allied Health Association website.

LICENSES

Cosmetologists

Licensing agency: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Address: Division of Public Health - Licensure Unit, PO Box 94986, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: (402) 471-2399
Website: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health - Licensure Unit

Electrologists

Licensing agency: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Address: Division of Public Health - Licensure Unit, PO Box 94986, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: (402) 471-2399
Website: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health - Licensure Unit

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.