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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Bellevue, Washington

Barbers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Bellevue, Washington area. Currently, 840 people work as barbers in Washington. This is expected to grow 26% to 1,060 people by 2016. This is better than 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.

The income of a barber is about $12 per hour or $26,760 per year on average in Washington. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $11 per hour or $24,050 annually on average. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as barbers in Washington earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are sixty-four schools of higher education in the Bellevue area, including seven within twenty-five miles of Bellevue where you can get a degree to start your career as a barber. Barbers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Bellevue 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

Shoreline Community College - Shoreline, WA

Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133-5696. Shoreline Community College is a medium sized college located in Shoreline, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,823 students. Shoreline Community College has an associate's degree program in Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager which graduated five students in 2008.

BJ's Beauty and Barber College - Tacoma, WA

BJ's Beauty and Barber College, 5239 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409. BJ's Beauty and Barber College is a small college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 52 students. BJ's Beauty and Barber College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Evergreen Beauty and Barber College - Everett, WA

Evergreen Beauty and Barber College, 802 SE Everett Mall Way Ste A, Everett, WA 98208. Evergreen Beauty and Barber College is a small college located in Everett, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 85 students and an admission rate of 100%. Evergreen Beauty and Barber College has 2 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 16 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Paroba College of Cosmetology - Everett, WA

Paroba College of Cosmetology, 607 SE Everett Mall, Suite 5, Everett, WA 98208. Paroba College of Cosmetology is a small college located in Everett, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 92 students and an admission rate of 73%. Paroba College of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated three students in 2008.

Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates Technical College is a medium sized college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,807 students. Bates Technical College has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated seven students in 2008.

Olympic College - Bremerton, WA

Olympic College, 1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337-1699. Olympic College is a medium sized college located in Bremerton, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 6,596 students. Olympic College has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated one student in 2008.

Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty - Seattle, WA

Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty, 10715 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty is a small school located in Seattle, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 265 students and an admission rate of 91%. Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty has a less than one year program in Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor which graduated nine students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue, Washington
Bellevue, Washington photo by Jelson25

Bellevue is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 123,771, which has grown by 13.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Bellevue, 128, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Bellevue are valued at $475,200 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirteen new homes were built in Bellevue, down from one hundred sixty-five the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Bellevue are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, transportation equipment, and construction. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 54.1% of Bellevue residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 19.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Bellevue is 7.2%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Bellevue residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Bellevue is home to the Sunset Plaza and the Eastgate Plaza as well as Killarney Glen Park and Coal Creek Park. Shopping malls in the area include Hillfair Shopping Center, Lake Hills Shopping Center and Crossroads Shopping Center. Visitors to Bellevue can choose from Bedynamic Inc, Fairfield Inn Seattle-Bellevue and Bellevue Travelodge for temporary stays in the area.