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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for barbers in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Currently, 5,600 people work as barbers in Pennsylvania. This is expected to shrink by 4% to about 5,400 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for barbers, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.6% over the next eight years. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn approximately $13 hourly or $27,260 annually on average in Pennsylvania. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly. 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.

There are eighty-three schools of higher education in the Pittsburgh area, including four within twenty-five miles of Pittsburgh where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. Given that the most common education level 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 Pittsburgh 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

Beaver Falls Beauty Academy - Beaver Falls, PA

Beaver Falls Beauty Academy, 720 13th St, Beaver Falls, PA 15010-4208. Beaver Falls Beauty Academy is a small school located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 50 students. Beaver Falls Beauty Academy has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

South Hills Beauty Academy Inc - Pittsburgh, PA

South Hills Beauty Academy Inc, 3269 W Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. South Hills Beauty Academy Inc is a small school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 57 students. South Hills Beauty Academy Inc has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated twelve students in 2008.

Douglas Education Center - Monessen, PA

Douglas Education Center, 130 7th St, Monessen, PA 15062. Douglas Education Center is a small school located in Monessen, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 222 students. Douglas Education Center has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated six students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-North Hills - Pittsburgh, PA

Empire Beauty School-North Hills, , Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Empire Beauty School-North Hills is a small school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 135 students. Empire Beauty School-North Hills has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated five students in 2008.

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: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania photo by Conk 9

Pittsburgh is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. It has a population of over 310,037, which has shrunk by 7.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Pittsburgh, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Pittsburgh cost $196,700 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, one hundred eighty-five new homes were built in Pittsburgh, up from one hundred seventeen the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Pittsburgh are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 26.2% of Pittsburgh residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 12.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Pittsburgh is 7.8%, which is less than Pennsylvania's average of 8.4%.

The percentage of Pittsburgh residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 71.8%, is more than both the national and state average. Saint Pauls Cathedral, Saint Patrick Roman Cathlic Church and Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church are some of the churches located in Pittsburgh. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church.

Pittsburgh is home to the Mount Washington Overlook and the Golden Triangle as well as Magee Playground and Kennard Playground. Shopping centers in the area include Shadyside Shopping Center and Allegheny Center Mall. Visitors to Pittsburgh can choose from Best Western University Center, Avalon Motel and Four Points By Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport for temporary stays in the area.