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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For those living in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, there are many career and education opportunities for barbers. About 5,600 people are currently employed as barbers in Pennsylvania. By 2016, this is expected to shrink by 4% to 5,400 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for barbers are expected to grow by about 11.6%. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn approximately $13 per hour or $27,260 per year on average in Pennsylvania. Nationally they average about $11 hourly or $24,050 per year. Barbers earn more than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Pennsylvania and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

The Philadelphia area is home to 156 schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Philadelphia where you can get a degree 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 Philadelphia include:

  • 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

Venus Beauty Academy - Sharon Hill, PA

Venus Beauty Academy, 1033 Chester Pke, Sharon Hill, PA 19079. Venus Beauty Academy is a small school located in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 125 students and an admission rate of 100%. Venus Beauty Academy has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute - Philadelphia, PA

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, 315A Bainbridge St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Jean Madeline Aveda Institute is a small school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 162 students and an admission rate of 58%. Jean Madeline Aveda Institute has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated eleven students in 2008.

Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design - Newark, DE

Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design, 70 Amstel Ave, Newark, DE 19711-7964. Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design is a small school located in Newark, Delaware. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 110 students. Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Lansdale School of Cosmetology Inc - Lansdale, PA

Lansdale School of Cosmetology Inc, 215 W Main St, Lansdale, PA 19446-2003. Lansdale School of Cosmetology Inc is a small school located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 82 students. Lansdale School of Cosmetology Inc has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

LICENSES

Barber

Licensing agency: Department of State
Address: Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Barber Examiners Board, 124 Pine Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: (717) 783-3402
Website: Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Barber Examiners Board

LOCATION INFORMATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania photo by Apollo1758

Philadelphia is located in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. It has a population of over 1,447,395, which has shrunk by 4.6% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Philadelphia, 102, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Philadelphia cost $212,900 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, five hundred forty-five new homes were constructed in Philadelphia, down from five hundred ninety-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Philadelphia are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, educational services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 32 minutes. More than 17.9% of Philadelphia residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.5%, is lower than the state average.

The percentage of Philadelphia residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 53.4%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Boulevard Church, Mount Herman Church and Saint Michael Mission Center are all churches located in Philadelphia. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the American Baptist Churches in the USA and the Muslim Estimate.

Philadelphia is home to the Five Points and the Academy Gardens as well as Durham Park and Cloverly Park. Shopping malls in the area include Roosevelt Mall, Andorra Shopping Center and Red Lion Shopping Center. Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from Comfort Inn, Concordia Worldwide Hotel Reservations and Embassy Suites for temporary stays in the area.