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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Chesapeake, Virginia

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

The income of a manicurist is about $10 per hour or $22,020 per year on average in Virginia. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $9 hourly or $19,670 annually on average. Incomes for manicurists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Virginia, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

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

Virginia School of Hair Design - Hampton, VA

Virginia School of Hair Design, 101 West Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669. Virginia School of Hair Design is a small school located in Hampton, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 105 students. Virginia School of Hair Design 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.

Suffolk Beauty Academy - Suffolk, VA

Suffolk Beauty Academy, 860 Portsmouth Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434-3020. Suffolk Beauty Academy is a small school located in Suffolk, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 41 students. Suffolk Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated nineteen students in 2008.

Wards Corner Beauty Academy - Norfolk, VA

Wards Corner Beauty Academy, 7525 Tidewater Dr Ste 200, Norfolk, VA 23505-3700. Wards Corner Beauty Academy is a small school located in Norfolk, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 84 students. Wards Corner Beauty Academy has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-three students in 2008.

Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach, VA

Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach, 544 Newtown Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach is a small school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 85 students. Wards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-six students in 2008.

Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails - Virginia Beach, VA

Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails, 5606-8 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6120. Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails is a small school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 88 students. Rudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and Nails has a less than one year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated ninety-three students in 2008.

College of the Albemarle - Elizabeth City, NC

College of the Albemarle, 1208 N Road St, Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2327. College of the Albemarle is a small college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,329 students. College of the Albemarle has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

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

LICENSES

Nail Technician

Licensing agency: Department of Professional and
Address: Occupational Regulation, Board for Cosmetology, 3600 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230-4917

Phone: (804) 367-8509
Website: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Cosmetology

LOCATION INFORMATION: Chesapeake, Virginia

Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake, Virginia photo by BetacommandBot

Chesapeake is located in Chesapeake City County, Virginia. It has a population of over 220,111, which has grown by 10.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Chesapeake, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Chesapeake are priced at $160,000 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred eighty-nine new homes were constructed in Chesapeake, down from seven hundred fifty-eight the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Chesapeake are educational services, health care, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and transportation equipment. The average travel time to work is about 25 minutes. More than 24.7% of Chesapeake residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.8%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Chesapeake is 6.1%, which is less than Virginia's average of 6.4%.

Pleasant Grove Church, Refuge Mission Church and Saint Andrews Church are among the churches located in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake is home to the Jacks Camp and the Portlock Yard as well as Cascade Park and Ford Park. Shopping malls in the area include Great Bridge Shopping Center, Greenbrier Mall Shopping Center and Poplar Hill Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Chesapeake can choose from Courtyard By Marriott, Chesapeake Travelodge Motel and Comfort Inn Bowers Hill for temporary stays in the area.