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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for manicurists. There are currently 320 working manicurists in New Hampshire; this should grow by 36% to about 440 working manicurists in the state 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.

The income of a manicurist is about $11 per hour or $23,450 annually on average in New Hampshire. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $9 per hour or $19,670 annually on average. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in New Hampshire, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

The Manchester area is home to forty-two schools of higher education, including nine within twenty-five miles of Manchester where you can get a degree as a manicurist. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. 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 Manchester include:

  • 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

Empire Beauty School-Somersworth - Somersworth, NH

Empire Beauty School-Somersworth, 362 Rte 108, Somersworth, NH 03878. Empire Beauty School-Somersworth is a small school located in Somersworth, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 124 students. Empire Beauty School-Somersworth has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-nine students in 2008.

Continental Academie of Hair Design - Manchester, NH

Continental Academie of Hair Design, 228 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103. Continental Academie of Hair Design is a small school located in Manchester, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 26 students and an admission rate of 82%. Continental Academie of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-two students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Portsmouth - Portsmouth, NH

Empire Beauty School-Portsmouth, 2545 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Empire Beauty School-Portsmouth is a small school located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 137 students. Empire Beauty School-Portsmouth has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-one students in 2008.

Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics - Bedford, NH

Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics, 73 South River Road, Bedford, NH 03110. Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics is a small school located in Bedford, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 130 students. Michaels School of Hair Design and Esthetics has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighty-six students in 2008.

Portsmouth Beauty School of Hair Design - Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Beauty School of Hair Design, 140 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4084. Portsmouth Beauty School of Hair Design is a small school located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 42 students and an admission rate of 100%. Portsmouth Beauty School of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-three students in 2008.

Henris School of Hair Design - Fitchburg, MA

Henris School of Hair Design, 276 Water St, Fitchburg, MA 01420-5675. Henris School of Hair Design is a small school located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 27 students. Henris School of Hair Design has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 30 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 17 students in 2008.

North Shore Community College - Danvers, MA

North Shore Community College, 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923-0840. North Shore Community College is a medium sized college located in Danvers, Massachusetts. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,223 students. North Shore Community College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-four students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Hooksett - Hooksett, NH

Empire Beauty School-Hooksett, 1328 Hooksett Rd, Hooksett, NH 03106. Empire Beauty School-Hooksett is a small school located in Hooksett, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 112 students. Empire Beauty School-Hooksett has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-four students in 2008.

Continental Academie of Hair Design - Hudson, NH

Continental Academie of Hair Design, 102 Derry St, Hudson, NH 03051. Continental Academie of Hair Design is a small school located in Hudson, New Hampshire. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 60 students and an admission rate of 84%. Continental Academie of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-nine students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurists

Licensing agency: NH Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics
Address: 2 Industrial Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301-8560

Phone: (603) 271-3608
Website: NH Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics

LOCATION INFORMATION: Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire
Manchester, New Hampshire photo by FSosio

Manchester is situated in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. It has a population of over 108,586, which has grown by 1.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Manchester, 120, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Manchester are valued at $138,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, eighty-eight new homes were constructed in Manchester, down from ninety-four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Manchester are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and computer and electronic products. The average travel time to work is about 21 minutes. More than 22.3% of Manchester residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Manchester is 7.6%, which is greater than New Hampshire's average of 6.5%.

The percentage of Manchester residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Bethel Christian Fellowship Church, Saint Pauls United Methodist Church and Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church are among the churches located in Manchester. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Manchester is home to the Spaulding House and the New Hampshire Youth Development Center as well as Derryfield Park and Crystal Lake Park. Shopping malls in the area include Hampshire Plaza Shopping Center, The Mall of New Hampshire and Second Street Shoppes Shopping Center. Visitors to Manchester can choose from TAGE Inn & Suites, CNHParking and Firebird Motel for temporary stays in the area.