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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Chattanooga, Tennessee

For those living in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, there are many career and education opportunities for manicurists. About 650 people are currently employed as manicurists in Tennessee. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 19% to 770 people employed. This is better than the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $12 per hour or $24,132 per year in Tennessee, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

There are twenty schools of higher education in the Chattanooga area, including four within twenty-five miles of Chattanooga where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Given that the most common education level for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time studying to be a manicurist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Manicurist

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

In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. They also may polish or decorate nails.

Manicurists clean and sanitize tools and work environments. They also advise patrons on nail care and use of products and colors. Equally important, manicurists have to apply undercoats and clear or colored polish onto nails with brushes. They are often called upon to shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, and emery boards. They are expected to remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs. Finally, manicurists treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping, or furnish treatment to nail biters.

Every day, manicurists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for manicurists to attach paper forms to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails. They are often called upon to brush powder and solvent onto nails and paper forms to preserve nail appearance and to extend nails, then remove forms and shape and smooth nail edges using rotary abrasive wheel. They also decorate patrons' nails by piercing them or attaching ornaments or designs. They are sometimes expected to roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel. Somewhat less frequently, manicurists are also expected to clean customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.

Manicurists sometimes are asked to polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer. and soften nail cuticles with water and oil, push back cuticles, using cuticle knife, and trim cuticles, using scissors or nippers. And finally, they sometimes have to whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencil.

Like many other jobs, manicurists must be reliable and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Chattanooga include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Manicurist Training

Northwestern Technical College - Rock Spring, GA

Northwestern Technical College, 265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, GA 30739. Northwestern Technical College is a small college located in Rock Spring, Georgia. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,335 students. Northwestern Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year and one to two year which graduated twenty-three and twenty students respectively in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 9 students in 2008.

Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga - Chattanooga, TN

Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga, 6020 Shallowford Road Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga is a small college located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 603 students and an admission rate of 93%. Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seven and zero students respectively in 2008.

New Concepts School of Cosmetology - Cleveland, TN

New Concepts School of Cosmetology, 1412 South Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311. New Concepts School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 46 students. New Concepts School of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 40 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Franklin Academy - Cleveland, TN

Franklin Academy, 633 Mimosa Drive, NW, Cleveland, TN 37312-3939. Franklin Academy is a small school located in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 47 students and an admission rate of 100%. Franklin Academy has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year which graduated 49 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 6 students in 2008.

LICENSES

MANICURIST

Licensing agency: Board of Cosmetology
Address: Division of Regulatory Boards, Department of Commerce and Insruance, Davy Crockett Tower 1st Floor, 500 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-1147

Phone: (615) 741-2515
Website: Board of Cosmetology Division of Regulatory Boards Department of Commerce and Insruance

LOCATION INFORMATION: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee photo by Avala

Chattanooga is situated in Hamilton County, Tennessee. It has a population of over 170,880, which has grown by 9.9% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Chattanooga, 85, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Chattanooga are priced at $141,100 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, two hundred sixty-two new homes were built in Chattanooga, down from four hundred forty-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Chattanooga are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 21.5% of Chattanooga residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Chattanooga is 9.5%, which is less than Tennessee's average of 10.2%.

The percentage of Chattanooga residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.2%, is more than both the national and state average. Stuart Heights Baptist Church, Kings Point Church and Stanley United Methodist Church are some of the churches located in Chattanooga. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Non-Charismatic Churches Independent.

Chattanooga is home to the Creeks Bend Golf Club and the Concord Golf Course as well as Warner Park and Ross Landing City Park. Shopping malls in the area include Northgate Mall, Northgate Crossing Shopping Center and Lee Plaza East Shopping Center. Visitors to Chattanooga can choose from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Crystal Air Sport Motel and Hampton Inn Chattanooga I-75 North for temporary stays in the area.