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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Reno, Nevada

Reno, Nevada provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for manicurists. There are currently 660 jobs for manicurists in Nevada and this is projected to grow by 54% to about 1,020 jobs 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.

Manicurists earn about $10 per hour or $22,550 yearly on average in Nevada and about $9 hourly or $19,670 annually on average nationally. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Nevada and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Reno area is home to eleven schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Reno where you can get a degree as a manicurist. Given that the most common education level for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate, it will take a short time to learn to be 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 Reno 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

Milan Institute of Cosmetology - Reno, NV

Milan Institute of Cosmetology, 1050 Matley Lane, Reno, NV 89502. Milan Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in Reno, Nevada. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 46 students. Milan Institute of Cosmetology has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

Prater Way College of Beauty - Reno, NV

Prater Way College of Beauty, 4750 Longley Ln. Suite 209, Reno, NV 89502. Prater Way College of Beauty is a small college located in Reno, Nevada. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 165 students. Prater Way College of Beauty has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 36 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 19 students in 2008.

Carson City Beauty Academy - Carson, NV

Carson City Beauty Academy, 2531 N Carson St, Carson, NV 89706. Carson City Beauty Academy is a small school located in Carson, Nevada. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 126 students. Carson City Beauty Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 32 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 8 students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Phone: (702) 486-6542
Website: Board of Cosmetology

LOCATION INFORMATION: Reno, Nevada

Reno, Nevada
Reno, Nevada photo by Smooth_O

Reno is situated in Washoe County, Nevada. It has a population of over 217,016, which has grown by 20.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Reno, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Reno are priced at $202,100 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, six hundred thirty-seven new homes were built in Reno, down from nine hundred ninety-seven the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Reno are arts, entertainment, and recreation, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is arts, entertainment, and recreation, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 18 minutes. More than 25.0% of Reno residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Reno is 11.8%, which is less than Nevada's average of 12.6%.

The percentage of Reno residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Reno is home to the Short Ranch and the Keystone Square as well as Wilkinson Park and Paradise Park. Shopping centers in the area include Miraloma Park Shopping Center, Village Shopping Center and University Village East Shopping Center. Visitors to Reno can choose from Oxford Motel, Atlantis Casino Resort and Wayside Motel & Apartments for temporary stays in the area.