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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Portland, Oregon

If you want to be a manicurist, the Portland, Oregon area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. 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.

Income for manicurists is about $11 hourly or $24,690 per year on average in Oregon. Nationally, their income is about $9 per hour or $19,670 per year. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Oregon, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

The Portland area is home to fifty-nine schools of higher education, including ten within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Portland 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

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 14 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Mt Hood Community College - Gresham, OR

Mt Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030. Mt Hood Community College is a medium sized college located in Gresham, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,251 students. Mt Hood Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and twenty-six students respectively in 2008.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 11 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 40 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Academy of Hair Design Inc - Salem, OR

Academy of Hair Design Inc, 305 Court NE, Salem, OR 97301. Academy of Hair Design Inc is a small school located in Salem, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 48 students. Academy of Hair Design Inc has a less than one year and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated one and twenty-four students respectively 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 17 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

Phagans Tigard Beauty School - Tigard, OR

Phagans Tigard Beauty School, 8820 SW Center, Tigard, OR 97223. Phagans Tigard Beauty School is a small school located in Tigard, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 35 students. Phagans Tigard Beauty School has less than one year, one to two year, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated three, seven, and sixteen students respectively in 2008.

Beau Monde College of Hair Design - Portland, OR

Beau Monde College of Hair Design, 1221 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. Beau Monde College of Hair Design is a small college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 160 students. Beau Monde College of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-five 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 31 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 students 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 10 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 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: 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.