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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in McAllen, Texas

If you want to be a barber, the McAllen, Texas area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 4,200 jobs for barbers in Texas and this is projected to grow by 3% to about 4,310 jobs 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.

Barbers earn about $8 per hour or $17,540 per year on average in Texas and about $11 per hour or $24,050 yearly on average nationally. Barbers 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 McAllen area is home to nine schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of McAllen where you can get a degree 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 training to become 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 McAllen 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.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Barber Training

Advanced Barber College and Hair Design - Weslaco, TX

Advanced Barber College and Hair Design, 2818 S International, Weslaco, TX 78596. Advanced Barber College and Hair Design is a small college located in Weslaco, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 65 students. Advanced Barber College and Hair Design has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated eighty-two students in 2008.

University of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences - McAllen, TX

University of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, 8401 N 10th St, McAllen, TX 78504. University of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences is a small university located in McAllen, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 315 students. University of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated four students 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: McAllen, Texas

McAllen, Texas
McAllen, Texas photo by L1CENSET0K1LL

Mcallen is located in Hidalgo County, Texas. It has a population of over 129,776, which has grown by 22.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Mcallen, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Mcallen cost $174,400 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, five hundred seventy-three new homes were constructed in Mcallen, down from seven hundred fifty-four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Mcallen are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, educational services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 23.6% of Mcallen residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Mcallen is 7.4%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Mcallen residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.4%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Emmanuel Baptist Church, Family of Faith Fellowship Church and First Missionary Baptist Church are some of the churches located in Mcallen. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Mcallen is home to the Sam and Marjorie Miller House and the McAllen Memorial Library as well as Schupp Park and Archer Park. Shopping centers in the area include Las Tiendas Plaza Shopping Center and La Plaza Shopping Center.