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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Austin, Texas

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for manicurists in the Austin, Texas area. There are currently 3,980 jobs for manicurists in Texas and this is projected to grow by 36% to 5,420 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn about $8 hourly or $18,050 annually on average in Texas and about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year on average nationally. Manicurists earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Texas and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

The Austin area is home to thirty-five schools of higher education, including six within twenty-five miles of Austin where you can get a degree as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so it will take a short time to learn 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 Austin 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

Academy of Cosmetology - Austin, TX

Academy of Cosmetology, 1901 W Wm Cannon Ste 143, Austin, TX 78745. Academy of Cosmetology is a small school located in Austin, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 54 students. Academy of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 29 students in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Austin - Austin, TX

Regency Beauty Institute-Austin, 500 E Ben White Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78704. Regency Beauty Institute-Austin is a small school located in Austin, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 32 students and an admission rate of 76%. Regency Beauty Institute-Austin has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

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 one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-nine students in 2008.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 37 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 137 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 10 students in 2008.

Seguin Beauty School - New Braunfels, TX

Seguin Beauty School, 214 W San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Seguin Beauty School is a small school located in New Braunfels, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 34 students. Seguin Beauty School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty students in 2008.

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.