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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Austin, Texas

For those living in the Austin, Texas area, there are many career and education opportunities for barbers. There are currently 4,200 working barbers in Texas; this should grow 3% to 4,310 working barbers in the state 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. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Income for barbers is about $8 per hour or $17,540 yearly on average in Texas. Nationally, their income is about $11 hourly or $24,050 annually. Earnings for barbers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Texas and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are thirty-five schools of higher education in the Austin area, including three within twenty-five miles of Austin 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, you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Austin 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

Baldwin Beauty School - Austin, TX

Baldwin Beauty School, 3005 S Lamar, Austin, TX 78704-4785. Baldwin Beauty School is a small school located in Austin, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 61 students. Baldwin Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Baldwin Beauty School - Austin, TX

Baldwin Beauty School, 8440 Burnet Rd., Ste 140, Austin, TX 78757-7068. Baldwin Beauty School is a small school located in Austin, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 182 students. Baldwin Beauty School has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Academy at Austin - Pflugerville, TX

Academy at Austin, 15635 Vision Dr Ste 107, Pflugerville, TX 78660. Academy at Austin is a small school located in Pflugerville, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 41 students. Academy at Austin has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two and three students respectively in 2008.

LICENSES

BARBER

Licensing agency: State Board of Barber Examiners
Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-110, Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 305-8475
Website: State Board of Barber Examiners

LOCATION INFORMATION: Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas photo by Wikidiculous

Austin is located in Travis County, Texas. It has a population of over 757,688, which has grown by 15.4% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Austin, 88, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Austin are valued at $139,500 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, 1,928 new homes were constructed in Austin, down from 3,155 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Austin are educational services, health care, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 40.4% of Austin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Austin is 6.5%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Austin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 46.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Adam and Eve Garden Baptist Church and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church are all churches located in Austin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Austin is home to the Morris Williams Golf Course and the Sixth Street Historic District as well as Wild Basin Wilderness Park and Rudolph Gamblin Field. Shopping centers in the area include Capital Plaza Shopping Center, Capital Plaza Shopping Center and Lamar Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Austin can choose from Club Hotel by Doubletree Austin University Area, Austin Folk House and AmeriPark at Austin for temporary stays in the area.