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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Charleston, South Carolina

Barbers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Charleston, South Carolina area. The national trend for barbers 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.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $25,908 per year in South Carolina, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are fourteen schools of higher education in the Charleston area, including two within twenty-five miles of Charleston where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Charleston 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

Charleston Cosmetology Institute - Charleston, SC

Charleston Cosmetology Institute, 8484 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29420. Charleston Cosmetology Institute is a small school located in Charleston, South Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 158 students. Charleston Cosmetology Institute has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Lacy Cosmetology School - Goose Creek, SC

Lacy Cosmetology School, 98 Davenport St, Goose Creek, SC 29445. Lacy Cosmetology School is a small school located in Goose Creek, South Carolina. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 14 students and an admission rate of 100%. Lacy Cosmetology School has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated seven and zero students respectively in 2008.

LICENSES

BARBER

Licensing agency: S.C. State Board of Barber Examiners
Address: 110 Centerview Drive, Kingstree Bldg., Suite 104, P. O. Box 11329, Columbia, SC 29211

Phone: (803) 896-4585
Website: S.C. State Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina photo by AudeVivere

Charleston is situated in Charleston County, South Carolina. It has a population of over 111,978, which has grown by 15.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Charleston, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Charleston cost $157,600 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, five hundred eight new homes were built in Charleston, down from eight hundred seventy-eight the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Charleston are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is accommodation and food services, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 37.5% of Charleston residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.9%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Charleston is 10.5%, which is less than South Carolina's average of 12.0%.

The percentage of Charleston residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 42.7%, is less than both the national and state average. Plymouth Congregational Church, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church are among the churches located in Charleston. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Charleston is home to the United State Department of Agriculture and the The Center as well as Harmon Field and Stoney Field. Shopping malls in the area include Church Creek Plaza Shopping Center, Citadel Mall Shopping Center and South Windermere Shopping Center. Visitors to Charleston can choose from French Quarter Inn, Fulton Lane Inn and Budget Inn for temporary stays in the area.