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Career and Education Opportunities for Assistant Hairstylists in Portland, Oregon

Assistant hairstylist career and educational opportunities abound in Portland, Oregon. The national trend for assistant hairstylists sees this job pool growing by about 14.6% over the next eight years. In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $25,115 per year in Oregon, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Portland area is home to fifty-nine schools of higher education, including six within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree as an assistant hairstylist. Given that the most common education level for assistant hairstylists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time training to become an assistant hairstylist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Assistant Hairstylist

Assistant Hairstylist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Every day, assistant hairstylists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they speak clearly.

It is important for assistant hairstylists to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment. They are often called upon to treat scalp conditions and hair loss, using specialized lotions or equipment such as infrared lamps or vibrating equipment. They also take care of treatment records. Somewhat less frequently, assistant hairstylists are also expected to massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil.

and massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil. And finally, they sometimes have to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment.

Like many other jobs, assistant hairstylists must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Portland 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.
  • 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: Assistant Hairstylist Training

Phagans School of Hair Design - Milwaukie, OR

Phagans School of Hair Design, 16550 SE McLoughlin, Milwaukie, OR 97267. Phagans School of Hair Design is a small school located in Milwaukie, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 86 students. Phagans School of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated three students in 2008.

Phagans School of Hair Design - Portland, OR

Phagans School of Hair Design, 1542 NE Weider Ave, Portland, OR 97232. Phagans School of Hair Design is a small school located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 143 students. Phagans School of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

Northwest College of Hair Design - Hillsboro, OR

Northwest College of Hair Design, 210 SE 4th Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Northwest College of Hair Design is a small college located in Hillsboro, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 79 students. Northwest College of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated seven students in 2008.

College of Hair Design Careers - Salem, OR

College of Hair Design Careers, 1684 Clay St NE, Salem, OR 97301-1952. College of Hair Design Careers is a small college located in Salem, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 61 students and an admission rate of 100%. College of Hair Design Careers has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated four students in 2008.

Northwest College - Aloha, OR

Northwest College, 18295 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Ste A, Aloha, OR 97006-3954. Northwest College is a small college located in Aloha, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 36 students. Northwest College has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated one student in 2008.

Phagans School of Beauty - Salem, OR

Phagans School of Beauty, 622 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301. Phagans School of Beauty is a small school located in Salem, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 55 students. Phagans School of Beauty has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated one student in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon photo by Fcb981

Portland is located in Multnomah County, Oregon. It has a population of over 557,706, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 103, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $194,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Portland, down from 1,205 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 32.6% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 10.7%, which is greater than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Portland is home to the Barnes Yard and the Haig as well as Cottonwood Bay City Park and Wallace City Park. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Shilo Inns & Resorts and Comfort Inn Portland for temporary stays in the area.