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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in El Paso, Texas

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for barbers in the El Paso, Texas area. Currently, 4,200 people work as barbers in Texas. This is expected to grow by 3% to 4,310 people 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. Barbers generally provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

A person working as a barber can expect to earn about $8 hourly or $17,540 annually on average in Texas and about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. 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.

The El Paso area is home to seventeen schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of El Paso where you can get a degree as a barber. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. 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 El Paso 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

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute 1 - El Paso, TX

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute 1, 6800 Gateway East Blvd., Bldg. 4, El Paso, TX 79915-1006. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute 1 is a small school located in El Paso, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 263 students. Tri-State Cosmetology Institute 1 has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated five students in 2008.

Pipo Academy of Hair Design - El Paso, TX

Pipo Academy of Hair Design, 3000 Pershing Dr, El Paso, TX 79903. Pipo Academy of Hair Design is a small school located in El Paso, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 62 students. Pipo Academy of Hair Design has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student 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: El Paso, Texas

El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas photo by Camerafiend

El Paso is situated in El Paso County, Texas. It has a population of over 613,190, which has grown by 8.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in El Paso, 80, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in El Paso are priced at $150,600 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, 2,521 new homes were built in El Paso, down from 2,666 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in El Paso are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, educational services, and public administration. The average travel time to work is about 22 minutes. More than 18.3% of El Paso residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in El Paso is 8.7%, which is greater than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of El Paso residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 63.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Pentecostal Holiness Church, El Divino Redentor United Methodist Church and El Paso Catholic Church are some of the churches located in El Paso. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

El Paso is home to the Wyler Aerial Tramway and the Old Fort Bliss as well as Travis White Park and Feather Lake Wildlife Refuge. Shopping centers in the area include Las Palmas Shopping Center, NorthPark Shopping Center and Cielo Vista Shopping Center. Visitors to El Paso can choose from Holiday Inn El Paso, Best Western Airport Inn and Allstate Motel for temporary stays in the area.