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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Fargo, North Dakota

If you want to be a manicurist, the Fargo, North Dakota area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. The national trend for manicurists sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn approximately $13 per hour or $28,430 yearly on average in North Dakota. Nationally they average about $9 hourly or $19,670 annually. Manicurists earn more 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 three schools within twenty-five miles of Fargo where you can study to be a manicurist, among eight schools of higher education total in the Fargo area. Given that the most common education level for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate, it will take a short time to learn 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 Fargo 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

Salon Professional Academy - Fargo, ND

Salon Professional Academy, 4377 15th Ave South, Fargo, ND 58103. Salon Professional Academy is a small school located in Fargo, North Dakota. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 89 students. Salon Professional Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 60 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 8 students in 2008.

Josef's School of Hair Design Inc - Fargo, ND

Josef's School of Hair Design Inc, 627 Northern Pacific Avenue, Fargo, ND 58102. Josef's School of Hair Design Inc is a small school located in Fargo, North Dakota. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 85 students. Josef's School of Hair Design Inc has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-seven students in 2008.

Ingenue Beauty School - Moorhead, MN

Ingenue Beauty School, 1024 Center Avenue, Moorhead, MN 56560. Ingenue Beauty School is a small school located in Moorhead, Minnesota. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 26 students. Ingenue Beauty School has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year which graduated 18 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 5 students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurists

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

LOCATION INFORMATION: Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo, North Dakota photo by Unimatic1140

Fargo is located in Cass County, North Dakota. It has a population of over 93,531, which has grown by 3.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Fargo, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Fargo are priced at $139,800 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, four hundred four new homes were constructed in Fargo, down from four hundred forty-seven the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Fargo are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 15 minutes. More than 34.4% of Fargo residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Fargo is 3.5%, which is greater than North Dakota's average of 3.2%.

The percentage of Fargo residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.8%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Fargo is home to the Elm Tree Square and the Market Square as well as Roosevelt Playground and Oak Grove Park. Shopping malls in the area include Valley North Mall, Northport Mall and West Acres Shopping Center. Visitors to Fargo can choose from Rodeway Inn Fargo, Wingate Inn and Sleep Inn Fargo for temporary stays in the area.