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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for barbers in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area. The national trend for barbers sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. Barbers generally 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 $21,924 per year in Oklahoma, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Oklahoma City area is home to forty-four schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Oklahoma City 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 studying to be 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 Oklahoma City include:

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

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 a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Institute of Hair Design - Shawnee, OK

Institute of Hair Design, 1601 1/2 N Harrison, Shawnee, OK 74804. Institute of Hair Design is a small school located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 40 students. Institute of Hair Design has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 19 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 1 student 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 a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

Moore Norman Technology Center - Norman, OK

Moore Norman Technology Center, 4701 12th Avenue NW, Norman, OK 73069-8399. Moore Norman Technology Center is a small school located in Norman, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 857 students and an admission rate of 61%. Moore Norman Technology Center has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated thirty-two students in 2008.

State Barber and Hair Design College - Oklahoma City, OK

State Barber and Hair Design College, 2514 S Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108. State Barber and Hair Design College is a small college located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 46 students. State Barber and Hair Design College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 17 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Oklahoma State Department of Health
Address: Consumer Health Services, 1000 Northeast 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299

Phone: (405) 271-5243
Website: Oklahoma State Department of Health Consumer Health Services

LOCATION INFORMATION: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma photo by CPacker

Oklahoma City is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. It has a population of over 551,789, which has grown by 9.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Oklahoma City, 82, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Oklahoma City cost $142,600 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 1,474 new homes were built in Oklahoma City, down from 2,559 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Oklahoma City are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, public administration, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 21 minutes. More than 24.0% of Oklahoma City residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.1%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Oklahoma City is 6.5%, which is less than Oklahoma's average of 7.1%.

The percentage of Oklahoma City residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 65.7%, is more than both the national and state average. Grace Place Baptist Church, Grace Presbyterian Church and Grace United Methodist Church are some of the churches located in Oklahoma City. The most prominent religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Oklahoma City is home to the Colonial Square and the 50 Penn Place as well as Rotary Park and River Park. Shopping malls in the area include 240 Plaza Shopping Center, 74 South Shopping Center and Council Crossings Shopping Center. Visitors to Oklahoma City can choose from Rodeway Inn Oklahoma City, Harvey Janitorial Sales and Market Source for temporary stays in the area.