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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Salem, Oregon

Hairdressers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Salem, Oregon area. There are currently 3,660 working hairdressers in Oregon; this should grow 15% to about 4,210 working hairdressers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for hairdressers are expected to grow by about 20.1%. In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

Hairdressers earn about $10 hourly or $21,680 yearly on average in Oregon and about $11 per hour or $23,140 per year on average nationally. Earnings for hairdressers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Oregon and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

The Salem area is home to seventeen schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Salem where you can get a degree as a hairdresser. The most common level of education for hairdressers is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time training to become a hairdresser if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Hairdresser

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

In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. They also may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Hairdressers analyze customers' hair and other physical features to establish and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes. Equally important, hairdressers have to update and take care of customer data records. They are often called upon to keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs. They are expected to apply water, setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair. Finally, hairdressers comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Every day, hairdressers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for hairdressers to massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands or vibrating equipment. They are often called upon to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax. They also administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions. They are sometimes expected to operate cash registers to receive payments from customers. Somewhat less frequently, hairdressers are also expected to bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes.

and cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, on the basis of customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. And finally, they sometimes have to comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Like many other jobs, hairdressers must believe in cooperation and coordination and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Salem include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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: Hairdresser 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 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 3 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 17 students in 2008.
  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other Specialties, less than one year and two to four year which graduated two and six students respectively 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 4 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 10 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.
  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other Specialties, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician: CPCT certification can be used to demonstrate advanced skill in permanent cosmetics to employers and clients to help advance ones career.

For more information, see the Allied Health Association website.

LICENSES

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: 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

Electrologist

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.