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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Charlotte, North Carolina

For those living in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, there are many career and education opportunities for barbers. The national trend for barbers sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $11 per hour or $23,675 per year in North Carolina, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Charlotte area is home to forty-three schools of higher education, including seven within twenty-five miles of Charlotte where you can get a degree as a barber. 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 Charlotte include:

  • 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

Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology - Mooresville, NC

Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology, 461 East Plaza Drive, Mooresville, NC 28115. Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in Mooresville, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 41 students. Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - Salisbury, NC

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28146-1595. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a medium sized college located in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,876 students. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Carolina Academy of Cosmetic Art & Science - Gastonia, NC

Carolina Academy of Cosmetic Art & Science, 284 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054. Carolina Academy of Cosmetic Art & Science is a small school located in Gastonia, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 231 students. Carolina Academy of Cosmetic Art & Science has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated eight students in 2008.

Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc - Charlotte, NC

Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc, 209B S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204. Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc is a small school located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 48 students and an admission rate of 29%. Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

Styletrends Barber and Hairstyling Academy - Rock Hill, SC

Styletrends Barber and Hairstyling Academy, 239 Hampton St, Rock Hill, SC 29730. Styletrends Barber and Hairstyling Academy is a small school located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 35 students. Styletrends Barber and Hairstyling Academy has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated twelve students in 2008.

Mitchell Community College - Statesville, NC

Mitchell Community College, 500 W Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677-5293. Mitchell Community College is a small college located in Statesville, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,911 students. Mitchell Community College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Empire Beauty School-Concord - Concord, NC

Empire Beauty School-Concord, Shops @ Kings Grant 10075 Weddington Rd, Concord, NC 28027. Empire Beauty School-Concord is a small school located in Concord, North Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 150 students. Empire Beauty School-Concord has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: NC State Board of Barber Examiners
Address: 2321 Crabtree Boulevard, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27604

Phone: (919) 715-1159
Website: NC State Board of Barber Examiners

Barber Instructor

Licensing agency: NC State Board of Barber Examiners
Address: 2321 Crabtree Boulevard, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27604

Phone: (919) 715-1159
Website: NC State Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina photo by Alaskan Assassin

Charlotte is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. It has a population of over 687,456, which has grown by 27.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Charlotte, 86, is well below the national average.

The three big industries for women in Charlotte are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, finance and insurance, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 36.4% of Charlotte residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Charlotte is 9.7%, which is less than North Carolina's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Charlotte residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 48.0%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. New Hampton Church, New Emmanuel Church and New East Stonewall Church are all churches located in Charlotte. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Charlotte is home to the Crown Point Plaza and the Providence Square as well as Kilborne District Park and Little Rock Road District Park. Shopping malls in the area include Heckinger Shopping Center, Hampshire Hills Shopping Center and Providence Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Charlotte can choose from American Motel, Extended Stay America - Charlotte/Tyvola and Drury Inn and Suites Charlotte for temporary stays in the area.