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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Provo, Utah

There are many career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Provo, Utah area. The national trend for manicurists sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

A person working as a manicurist can expect to earn about $9 per hour or $18,890 annually on average in Utah and about $9 per hour or $19,670 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Utah and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are twelve schools within twenty-five miles of Provo where you can study to be a manicurist, among thirty-five schools of higher education total in the Provo area. Given that the most common education level for manicurists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Provo 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

Sherman Kendalls Academy of Beauty Arts & Sciences - Midvale, UT

Sherman Kendalls Academy of Beauty Arts & Sciences, 7353 S 900 E, Midvale, UT 84047. Sherman Kendalls Academy of Beauty Arts & Sciences is a small school located in Midvale, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 37 students. Sherman Kendalls Academy of Beauty Arts & Sciences has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-seven students in 2008.

ImageWorks Academy of Hair Design - Spanish Fork, UT

ImageWorks Academy of Hair Design, 77 East 800 North, Spanish Fork, UT 84660. ImageWorks Academy of Hair Design is a small school located in Spanish Fork, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 57 students and an admission rate of 88%. ImageWorks Academy of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-seven students in 2008.

Paul Mitchell the School-Salt Lake City - Holiday, UT

Paul Mitchell the School-Salt Lake City, 1969 East Murray Holladay Rd, Holiday, UT 84117. Paul Mitchell the School-Salt Lake City is a small school located in Holiday, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 347 students. Paul Mitchell the School-Salt Lake City has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 109 students in 2008.

Bon Losee Academy of Hair Artistry - Provo, UT

Bon Losee Academy of Hair Artistry, 2230 N University Pkwy, Provo, UT 84604. Bon Losee Academy of Hair Artistry is a small school located in Provo, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 164 students. Bon Losee Academy of Hair Artistry has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighty-six students in 2008.

Paul Mitchell the School-Provo - Provo, UT

Paul Mitchell the School-Provo, 480 N 900 E, Provo, UT 84606. Paul Mitchell the School-Provo is a small school located in Provo, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 285 students. Paul Mitchell the School-Provo has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 120 students in 2008.

Echelon Edge Academy Of Hair Skin and Nails - Sandy, UT

Echelon Edge Academy Of Hair Skin and Nails, 11339 South 700 East, Sandy, UT 84070-2004. Echelon Edge Academy Of Hair Skin and Nails is a small school located in Sandy, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 90 students. Echelon Edge Academy Of Hair Skin and Nails has a less than one year and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and twenty-nine students respectively in 2008.

Premier Hair Academy - West Valley City, UT

Premier Hair Academy, 4062 S 4000 W, West Valley City, UT 84120. Premier Hair Academy is a small school located in West Valley City, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 33 students. Premier Hair Academy has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six students in 2008.

Cameo College of Essential Beauty - Murray, UT

Cameo College of Essential Beauty, 124 East 5770 South, Murray, UT 84107. Cameo College of Essential Beauty is a small college located in Murray, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 91 students. Cameo College of Essential Beauty has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 33 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 24 students in 2008.

Sherman Kendall's Academy-Sugarhouse - Salt Lake City, UT

Sherman Kendall's Academy-Sugarhouse, 2230 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Sherman Kendall's Academy-Sugarhouse is a small school located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 50 students. Sherman Kendall's Academy-Sugarhouse has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty students in 2008.

Mountainland Applied Technology College - Orem, UT

Mountainland Applied Technology College, 987 S Geneva Rd, Orem, UT 84058-5857. Mountainland Applied Technology College is a small college located in Orem, Utah. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 310 students. Mountainland Applied Technology College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-two students in 2008.

Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare - Salt Lake City, UT

Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare, 2121 South 230 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare is a small school located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 30 students. Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare has a less than one year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six students in 2008.

Salt Lake Community College - Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake Community College, 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84123. Salt Lake Community College is a large college located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 29,539 students. Salt Lake Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seventy-nine and sixty-five students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Provo, Utah

Provo, Utah
Provo, Utah photo by Emes

Provo is situated in Utah County, Utah. It has a population of over 118,581, which has grown by 12.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Provo, 92, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Provo cost $296,100 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, fifty-seven new homes were built in Provo, down from one hundred eighty-one the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Provo are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 16 minutes. More than 35.7% of Provo residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.9%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Provo is 6.4%, which is greater than Utah's average of 6.3%.

The percentage of Provo residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 89.9%, is more than both the national and state average. Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventist Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are all churches located in Provo. The most prominent religious groups are the LDS (Mormon) Church, the Catholic Church and the Assemblies of God.

Provo is home to the Provo Temple and the Lakeside Campground as well as Utah Lake State Park and Cougar Stadium. Visitors to Provo can choose from Amenity Motor Inn, Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast and Travelodge for temporary stays in the area.