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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for barbers in the Elizabeth, New Jersey area. There are currently 4,300 working barbers in New Jersey; this should grow by 3% to 4,400 working barbers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for barbers are expected to grow by about 11.6%. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

The income of a barber is about $14 per hour or $29,820 annually on average in New Jersey. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year on average. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as barbers in New Jersey earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are seven schools within twenty-five miles of Elizabeth where you can study to be a barber, among 298 schools of higher education total in the Elizabeth area. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Elizabeth include:

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

Parisian Beauty School - Hackensack, NJ

Parisian Beauty School, 362 State St, Hackensack, NJ 07601-5509. Parisian Beauty School is a small school located in Hackensack, New Jersey. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 300 students. Parisian Beauty School has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 104 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

New Horizon Institute of Cosmetology Inc - West New York, NJ

New Horizon Institute of Cosmetology Inc, 5518 Bergenline Ave, West New York, NJ 07093-4623. New Horizon Institute of Cosmetology Inc is a small school located in West New York, New Jersey. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 165 students. New Horizon Institute of Cosmetology Inc has a less than one year program in Barbering/Barber.

A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Chelsea Inc. - New York, NY

A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Chelsea Inc., 252 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001-5271. A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Chelsea Inc. is a small school located in New York, New York. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 154 students and an admission rate of 95%. A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Chelsea Inc. has a less than one year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated 218 students in 2008.

A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Tribeca Inc. - New York, NY

A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Tribeca Inc., 113 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Tribeca Inc. is a small school located in New York, New York. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 89 students and an admission rate of 88%. A.B.I. School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Tribeca Inc. has a less than one year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated 102 students in 2008.

European Academy of Cosmetology-Union - Union, NJ

European Academy of Cosmetology-Union, 1126 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. European Academy of Cosmetology-Union is a small school located in Union, New Jersey. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 150 students. European Academy of Cosmetology-Union has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

USA Beauty School International - New York, NY

USA Beauty School International, 87 Walker St 1st floor, New York, NY 10013. USA Beauty School International is a small school located in New York, New York. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 303 students and an admission rate of 84%. USA Beauty School International has a less than one year program in Barbering/Barber.

Roman Academy of Beauty Culture - Hawthorne, NJ

Roman Academy of Beauty Culture, 431 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. Roman Academy of Beauty Culture is a small school located in Hawthorne, New Jersey. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 93 students. Roman Academy of Beauty Culture has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Elizabeth, New Jersey
Elizabeth, New Jersey photo by Cobber17

Elizabeth is situated in Union County, New Jersey. It has a population of over 124,755, which has grown by 3.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elizabeth, 140, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Elizabeth are valued at $321,400 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, eight new homes were constructed in Elizabeth, up from six the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Elizabeth are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and other transportation, and support activities, and couriers. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 12.1% of Elizabeth residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elizabeth is 12.4%, which is greater than New Jersey's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Elizabeth residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 65.5%, is more than both the national and state average. First Pentecostal Church, Christ Episcopal Church and Alliance International Fellowship Church are some of the churches located in Elizabeth. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the American Baptist Churches in the USA.

Elizabeth is home to the North Elizabeth Station and the Julian Station as well as Kellogg Park and Jackson Park. Visitors to Elizabeth can choose from Hampton Inn Newark-Airport, Centro America Express and Hilton Newark Airport for temporary stays in the area.