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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Cary, North Carolina

Manicurists can find many career and educational opportunities in the Cary, North Carolina area. There are currently 730 working manicurists in North Carolina; this should grow 45% to 1,060 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $10 per hour or $22,740 yearly on average in North Carolina and about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in North Carolina and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Cary area is home to twenty-seven schools of higher education, including six within twenty-five miles of Cary where you can get a degree as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Cary 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

Central Carolina Community College - Sanford, NC

Central Carolina Community College, 1105 Kelly Dr, Sanford, NC 27330-9840. Central Carolina Community College is a small college located in Sanford, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,753 students. Central Carolina Community College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-two and six students respectively in 2008.

Durham Beauty Academy - Durham, NC

Durham Beauty Academy, 4600 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707. Durham Beauty Academy is a small school located in Durham, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 95 students. Durham Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated nineteen students in 2008.

Carolina Beauty College 3 - Durham, NC

Carolina Beauty College 3, 5106 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27704. Carolina Beauty College 3 is a small college located in Durham, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 90 students. Carolina Beauty College 3 has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-five students in 2008.

Mitchells Academy - Raleigh, NC

Mitchells Academy, 1301 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606. Mitchells Academy is a small school located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 115 students and an admission rate of 100%. Mitchells Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 107 students in 2008.

Johnston Community College - Smithfield, NC

Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield, NC 27577-2350. Johnston Community College is a small college located in Smithfield, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,128 students. Johnston Community College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year and one to two year which graduated eighteen and seventeen students respectively in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 16 students in 2008.

Miller-Motte College-Cary - Cary, NC

Miller-Motte College-Cary, 2205 Walnut Street, Cary, NC 27518-7171. Miller-Motte College-Cary is a small college located in Cary, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 495 students and an admission rate of 84%. Miller-Motte College-Cary has a less than one year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixty-two students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Licensing agency: NC State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
Address: 1201 Front Street, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: (919) 733-4117
Website: NC State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Cary, North Carolina

Cary, North Carolina
Cary, North Carolina photo by Erich_Fabricius

Cary is situated in Wake County, North Carolina. It has a population of over 129,545, which has grown by 37.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Cary, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Cary are priced at $204,400 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, 1,313 new homes were built in Cary, down from 2,326 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Cary are professional, scientific, and technical services, educational services, and health care. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, computer and electronic products, and construction. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 60.7% of Cary residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 23.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Cary is 6.2%, which is less than North Carolina's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Cary residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.8%, is less than both the national and state average. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Cary is home to Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area and Regency Park. Visitors to Cary can choose from Hampton Inn Cary, Embassy Suites Hotel Raleigh-Durham and Hampton Inn & Suites for temporary stays in the area.