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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Seattle, Washington

Manicurists can find many career and educational opportunities in the Seattle, Washington area. There are currently 1,390 jobs for manicurists in Washington and this is projected to grow 25% to 1,750 jobs by 2016. This is better than the national trend for manicurists, which sees this job pool growing by about 18.8% over the next eight years. In general, manicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn about $9 hourly or $19,810 yearly on average in Washington and about $9 hourly or $19,670 annually on average nationally. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Washington and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are sixty-five schools of higher education in the Seattle area, including seventeen within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. 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 Seattle 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

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 a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seven students in 2008.

Clover Park Technical College - Lakewood, WA

Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-4004. Clover Park Technical College is a medium sized college located in Lakewood, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,781 students. Clover Park Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 14 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 an associate's degree program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seven students in 2008.

Seattle Community College-South Campus - Seattle, WA

Seattle Community College-South Campus, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106-1499. Seattle Community College-South Campus is a medium sized college located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 5,319 students. Seattle Community College-South Campus has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated one and one students respectively in 2008.

Everett Community College - Everett, WA

Everett Community College, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201. Everett Community College is a medium sized college located in Everett, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,765 students. Everett Community College has an associate's degree and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated five and twenty-four students respectively 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 a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-six students in 2008.

Cascade Beauty College - Auburn, WA

Cascade Beauty College, 435 E Main St, Auburn, WA 98002. Cascade Beauty College is a small college located in Auburn, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 21 students. Cascade Beauty College has a one to two year and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and sixteen students respectively in 2008.

Lake Washington Technical College - Kirkland, WA

Lake Washington Technical College, 11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034-8506. Lake Washington Technical College is a small college located in Kirkland, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,010 students. Lake Washington Technical College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifteen 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 Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 19 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 14 students 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 one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixty-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 an associate's degree and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated one and two students respectively in 2008.

Greenwood Academy of Hair - Seattle, WA

Greenwood Academy of Hair, 8501 Greenwood N, Seattle, WA 98103. Greenwood Academy of Hair is a small school located in Seattle, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. Greenwood Academy of Hair has a less than one year and a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and fifty-one students respectively in 2008.

Seattle Vocational Institute - Seattle, WA

Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 S Jackson, Seattle, WA 98144-2219. Seattle Vocational Institute is a small school located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 270 students. Seattle Vocational Institute has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-seven students in 2008.

Evergreen Beauty & Barber College - Bellevue, WA

Evergreen Beauty & Barber College, 14045 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98007. Evergreen Beauty & Barber College is a small college located in Bellevue, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 73 students. Evergreen Beauty & Barber College has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated forty-nine students in 2008.

Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Branch Campus - Federal Way, WA

Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Branch Campus, 2222 So. 314 St, Federal Way, WA 98003. Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Branch Campus is a small school located in Federal Way, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 302 students and an admission rate of 91%. Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty-Branch Campus has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 156 students in 2008.

Renton Technical College - Renton, WA

Renton Technical College, 3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA 98056-4195. Renton Technical College is a small college located in Renton, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,708 students. Renton Technical College has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated four students 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 146 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 9 students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

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

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.