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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Salem, Oregon

If you want to be a barber, the Salem, Oregon area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 140 people work as barbers in Oregon. This is expected to grow 16% to about 160 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for barbers, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. In general, barbers 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 $12 per hour or $25,115 per year in Oregon, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are seventeen schools of higher education in the Salem area, including three within twenty-five miles of Salem where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. It will take a short time to learn 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 Salem 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

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 one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated five 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.

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 3 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year.

LICENSES

Barber/Hairdresser/Facial Technology/Nail Technology Teacher

Licensing agency: Oregon Department of Education
Address: 255 Capitol Stt NE, Salem, OR 97310

Phone: (503) 378-3569
Website: Oregon Department of Education

Cosmetology (Barbering, Hair Design, Facial Technology, Nail

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

Cosmetology: Barbering

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

Cosmetology: Hair Design

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

Cosmetology: Independent Contractor

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: Salem, Oregon

Salem, Oregon
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Salem is located in Marion County, Oregon. It has a population of over 153,435, which has grown by 12.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Salem, 97, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Salem are valued at $215,800 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, two hundred sixty-nine new homes were constructed in Salem, down from five hundred forty-three the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Salem are health care, public administration, and educational services. For men, it is construction, public administration, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 24.1% of Salem residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Salem is 10.2%, which is less than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Salem residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.6%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Salem is home to the Oregon Women's Correctional Center and the Oregon State Penitentiary as well as Waldo Park and Olinger Pool Park. Visitors to Salem can choose from Red Lion Hotel-Salem Reservations, Shilo Inn Salem and Econo Lodge Salem for temporary stays in the area.