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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Amarillo, Texas

If you want to be a manicurist, the Amarillo, Texas area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 3,980 jobs for manicurists in Texas and this is projected to grow 36% to 5,420 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

The income of a manicurist is about $8 per hour or $18,050 per year on average in Texas. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $9 per hour or $19,670 yearly on average. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Texas, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are six schools of higher education in the Amarillo area, including three within twenty-five miles of Amarillo where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Amarillo include:

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  • 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

Frank Phillips College - Borger, TX

Frank Phillips College, 1301 W. Roosevelt St., Borger, TX 79008-5118. Frank Phillips College is a small college located in Borger, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,244 students. Frank Phillips College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six students in 2008.

Milan Institute of Cosmetology - Amarillo, TX

Milan Institute of Cosmetology, 2400 SE 27th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79103. Milan Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in Amarillo, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 195 students. Milan Institute of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 99 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 10 students in 2008.

Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd - Amarillo, TX

Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd, 3710 Mockingbird, Amarillo, TX 79109-3208. Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd is a small school located in Amarillo, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 62 students. Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year which graduated 29 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo, Texas photo by Anonymous Cow

Amarillo is situated in Potter County, Texas. It has a population of over 187,236, which has grown by 7.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Amarillo, 79, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Amarillo are priced at $245,400 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, four hundred seventy-one new homes were constructed in Amarillo, down from six hundred forty-eight the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Amarillo are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and food. The average commute to work is about 17 minutes. More than 20.5% of Amarillo residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.8%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Amarillo is 5.4%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Amarillo residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 86.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Pentecostal Church of God, Pentecostal Church of God in Christ and Pentecostal Holiness Church are among the churches located in Amarillo. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Amarillo is home to the Amarillo Globe Dream House and the Wolflin Historic District as well as Martin Road Park and Will Rogers Park. Shopping malls in the area include Western Plaza Shopping Center and Westgate Shopping Center. Visitors to Amarillo can choose from 3B Machine & Custom Fabrication, Bailey's Lounge and Comfort Inn Airport for temporary stays in the area.