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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Norman, Oklahoma

Manicurists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Norman, Oklahoma area. There are currently 140 working manicurists in Oklahoma; this should grow by 29% to 180 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.

Income for manicurists is about $7 per hour or $15,400 yearly on average in Oklahoma. Nationally, their income is about $9 per hour or $19,670 yearly. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as manicurists in Oklahoma earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are thirty-seven schools of higher education in the Norman area, including six within twenty-five miles of Norman where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. 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 Norman include:

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

Yukon Beauty College Inc - Yukon, OK

Yukon Beauty College Inc, 221 W. Main, Yukon, OK 73099. Yukon Beauty College Inc is a small college located in Yukon, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 12 students. Yukon Beauty College Inc has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 13 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Mid-America Technology Center - Wayne, OK

Mid-America Technology Center, 27438 State Hwy 59, Wayne, OK 73095-0210. Mid-America Technology Center is a small school located in Wayne, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 777 students. Mid-America Technology Center has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighteen students in 2008.

Central State Beauty Academy - Oklahoma City, OK

Central State Beauty Academy, 8494 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73162-6007. Central State Beauty Academy is a small school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 107 students. Central State Beauty Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 24 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 8 students in 2008.

Mid-Del Technology Center - Midwest City, OK

Mid-Del Technology Center, 1621 Maple Dr, Midwest City, OK 73110-4825. Mid-Del Technology Center is a small school located in Midwest City, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 84 students. Mid-Del Technology Center has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eleven students in 2008.

Shawnee Beauty College - Shawnee, OK

Shawnee Beauty College, 410 E Main St, Shawnee, OK 74801. Shawnee Beauty College is a small college located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 45 students. Shawnee Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 21 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Metro Technology Centers - Oklahoma City, OK

Metro Technology Centers, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111-5240. Metro Technology Centers is a small school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 987 students. Metro Technology Centers has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year and one to two year which graduated twenty-two and ten students respectively in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 10 students in 2008.

LICENSES

Manicurist

Licensing agency: Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology
Address: 2401 N.W. 23rd St., Ste. 84, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Phone: (405) 521-2441
Website: Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology

LOCATION INFORMATION: Norman, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma photo by Okguy

Norman is located in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. It has a population of over 106,957, which has grown by 11.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Norman, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Norman are priced at $184,600 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred sixteen new homes were built in Norman, up from four hundred nineteen the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Norman are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 21 minutes. More than 39.8% of Norman residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Norman is 4.7%, which is less than Oklahoma's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Norman residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Alameda Baptist Church, Alameda Church of Christ and All Welcome Victory Church are among the churches located in Norman. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Norman is home to the Cerebral Palsy Institute and the Park on Main as well as Owen Field and Rotary Park. Shopping malls in the area include Colonial Estates Shopping Center, Anatole Shopping Center and Carriage Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Norman can choose from Ramada Days Inn, Montford Inn and Guest Inn - Norman for temporary stays in the area.