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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Eugene, Oregon

There are many career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Eugene, Oregon area. There are currently 210 working manicurists in Oregon; this should grow 14% to 230 working manicurists in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $11 per hour or $24,690 per year on average in Oregon and about $9 per hour or $19,670 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Manicurists earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Oregon and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

The Eugene area is home to seven schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Eugene where you can get a degree as a manicurist. Given that the most common education level 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 Eugene 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

Phagans Beauty College - Corvallis, OR

Phagans Beauty College, 1565 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97333. Phagans Beauty College is a small college located in Corvallis, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 77 students. Phagans Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 25 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Springfield College of Beauty - Springfield, OR

Springfield College of Beauty, 307 Q Street, Springfield, OR 97477. Springfield College of Beauty is a small college located in Springfield, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 120 students. Springfield College of Beauty has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-two students in 2008.

LICENSES

Cosmetology: Nail Technology

Licensing agency: Oregon Health Licensing Office
Address: 700 Summer St NE, Suite 320, Salem, OR 97301

Phone: (503) 378-8667
Website: Oregon Health Licensing Office

LOCATION INFORMATION: Eugene, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon photo by Ccmpg

Eugene is located in Lane County, Oregon. It has a population of over 150,104, which has grown by 8.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Eugene, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Eugene cost $197,200 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, one hundred eighty-one new homes were constructed in Eugene, down from two hundred ninety-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Eugene are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 17 minutes. More than 37.3% of Eugene residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 15.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Eugene is 9.9%, which is less than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Eugene residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 24.5%, is less than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.

Eugene is home to the Eugene Country Club and the Balboa Park Drag Strip as well as Acorn City Park and Monroe City Park. Visitors to Eugene can choose from Hawthorn Inn & Suites, Best Value Inn and Marriott Residence Inn for temporary stays in the area.