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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in San Antonio, Texas

Barbers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the San Antonio, Texas area. 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 approximately $8 per hour or $17,540 yearly on average in Texas. Nationally they average about $11 hourly or $24,050 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as barbers in Texas earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are forty schools of higher education in the San Antonio area, including nine within twenty-five miles of San Antonio 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, 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 San Antonio 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

Milan Institute of Cosmetology - San Antonio, TX

Milan Institute of Cosmetology, 5403 Walzem Road, San Antonio, TX 78218. Milan Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 191 students. Milan Institute of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated eleven students in 2008.

Paul Mitchell the School-San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

Paul Mitchell the School-San Antonio, 5590 Summit Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78229. Paul Mitchell the School-San Antonio is a small school located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 37 students. Paul Mitchell the School-San Antonio has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

San Antonio Beauty College 4 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Beauty College 4, 2423 Jamar Ste 2, San Antonio, TX 78226. San Antonio Beauty College 4 is a small college located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 22 students. San Antonio Beauty College 4 has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Mims Classic Beauty College - San Antonio, TX

Mims Classic Beauty College, 5121 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216-8216. Mims Classic Beauty College is a small college located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 52 students. Mims Classic Beauty College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated one student in 2008.

Conlee's College of Cosmetology - Kerrville, TX

Conlee's College of Cosmetology, 320 West Water Street, Suite E, Kerrville, TX 78028-4453. Conlee's College of Cosmetology is a small college located in Kerrville, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 71 students. Conlee's College of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

San Antonio Beauty College 3 - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Beauty College 3, 4130 Naco Perrin, San Antonio, TX 78217. San Antonio Beauty College 3 is a small college located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 68 students. San Antonio Beauty College 3 has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.

Milan Institute of Cosmetology - San Antonio, TX

Milan Institute of Cosmetology, 605 Southwest Military Drive, San Antonio, TX 78221. Milan Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 220 students. Milan Institute of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated two students in 2008.

Milan Institute - San Antonio, TX

Milan Institute, 6151 NW Loop 410, Suite 201, San Antonio, TX 78238. Milan Institute is a small school located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 261 students. Milan Institute has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated five students in 2008.

SW School of Business and Technical Careers-Cosmetology - San Antonio, TX

SW School of Business and Technical Careers-Cosmetology, 2402 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212-1901. SW School of Business and Technical Careers-Cosmetology is a small school located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 54 students. SW School of Business and Technical Careers-Cosmetology 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: San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas photo by Zereshk

San Antonio is situated in Bexar County, Texas. It has a population of over 1,351,305, which has grown by 18.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in San Antonio, 80, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in San Antonio are valued at $174,900 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, 2,665 new homes were constructed in San Antonio, down from 4,253 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in San Antonio are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average commute to work is about 24 minutes. More than 21.6% of San Antonio residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.9%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Antonio is 6.6%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of San Antonio residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 65.1%, is more than both the national and state average. El Buen Samaritano United Methodist Church, Pentecostal Holiness Church and Pentecostal Home Missionary Church are all churches located in San Antonio. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

San Antonio is home to the Monte Vista Residential Historic District and the Main and Military Plazas Historic District as well as Kennedy Park and Buckeye Park. Shopping centers in the area include Windsor Park Mall, Windsor Park Shopping Center and Wonderland Shopping Center. Visitors to San Antonio can choose from Alpha Hotel, Alamo Executive Suites Inc and Chevy Chase Apartments & Townhomes for temporary stays in the area.