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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

There are many career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area. There are currently 140 working manicurists in Oklahoma; this should grow 29% to about 180 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $7 hourly or $15,400 annually on average in Oklahoma and about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Oklahoma and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are seven schools within twenty-five miles of Oklahoma City where you can study to be a manicurist, among forty-four schools of higher education total in the Oklahoma City area. The most common level of education for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become 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 Oklahoma City 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.

Francis Tuttle Technology Center - Oklahoma City, OK

Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73142-2789. Francis Tuttle Technology Center is a small school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,879 students. Francis Tuttle Technology Center has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-eight 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.

Canadian Valley Technology Center - El Reno, OK

Canadian Valley Technology Center, 6505 E Hwy 66, El Reno, OK 73036. Canadian Valley Technology Center is a small school located in El Reno, Oklahoma. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 380 students. Canadian Valley Technology Center has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

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: 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.