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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Bismarck, North Dakota

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for hairdressers in the Bismarck, North Dakota area. There are currently 2,480 jobs for hairdressers in North Dakota and this is projected to grow 7% to about 2,660 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for hairdressers, which sees this job pool growing by about 20.1% over the next eight years. Hairdressers generally provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

The income of a hairdresser is about $9 hourly or $19,680 yearly on average in North Dakota. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $11 hourly or $23,140 yearly on average. Hairdressers earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in North Dakota and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

There are six schools of higher education in the Bismarck area, including two within twenty-five miles of Bismarck where you can get a degree to start your career as a hairdresser. The most common level of education for hairdressers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time studying to be a hairdresser if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Hairdresser

Hairdresser video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. They also may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Hairdressers analyze customers' hair and other physical features to establish and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes. Equally important, hairdressers have to update and take care of customer data records. They are often called upon to keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs. They are expected to apply water, setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair. Finally, hairdressers comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Every day, hairdressers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for hairdressers to massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands or vibrating equipment. They are often called upon to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax. They also administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions. They are sometimes expected to operate cash registers to receive payments from customers. Somewhat less frequently, hairdressers are also expected to bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes.

and cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, on the basis of customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. And finally, they sometimes have to comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Like many other jobs, hairdressers must believe in cooperation and coordination and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Bismarck include:

  • 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: Hairdresser Training

The Hair Academy - Bismarck, ND

The Hair Academy, 2101 East Broadway Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501. The Hair Academy is a small school located in Bismarck, North Dakota. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 36 students. The Hair Academy has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

R D Hairstyling College - Bismarck, ND

R D Hairstyling College, 124 N 4th St, Bismarck, ND 58501-4001. R D Hairstyling College is a small college located in Bismarck, North Dakota. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 28 students. R D Hairstyling College has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated three students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician: CPCT certification can be used to demonstrate advanced skill in permanent cosmetics to employers and clients to help advance ones career.

For more information, see the Allied Health Association website.

LICENSES

Cosmetologists

Phone: (701) 224-9800
Website: ND State Board of Cosmetology

Cosmetology Instructors

Phone: (701) 224-9800
Website: ND State Board of Cosmetology

Cosmetology Manager/Operators

Phone: (701) 224-9800
Website: ND State Board of Cosmetology

Electrologists

Phone: (701) 328-5188
Website: ND Department of Health

LOCATION INFORMATION: Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck, North Dakota photo by Bobak

Bismarck is situated in Burleigh County, North Dakota. It has a population of over 60,389, which has grown by 8.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Bismarck, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Bismarck are valued at $168,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, two hundred fifty-nine new homes were built in Bismarck, down from two hundred seventy the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Bismarck are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and health care. The average commute to work is about 14 minutes. More than 29.4% of Bismarck residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Bismarck is 2.7%, which is less than North Dakota's average of 3.2%. About 8.4% of Bismarck's residents are below the poverty line, which is better than the state average.

The percentage of Bismarck residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 77.8%, is more than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church.

Bismarck is home to Pioneer Park and Riverside Park. Shopping malls in the area include Kirkwood Plaza Shopping Center, Northbrook Shopping Center and Gateway Mall. Visitors to Bismarck can choose from Americinn Lodge & Suites, Super 8 of Bismarck and Ramada Inn for temporary stays in the area.