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Career and Education Opportunities for Assistant Hairstylists in Vancouver, Washington

For those living in the Vancouver, Washington area, there are many career and education opportunities for assistant hairstylists. About 150 people are currently employed as assistant hairstylists in Washington. By 2016, this is expected to grow 26% to 190 people employed. This is better than the national trend for assistant hairstylists, which sees this job pool growing by about 14.6% over the next eight years. In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

The average wage in the general category of Personal Care jobs is $14 per hour or $30,051 per year in Washington, and an average of $12 per hour or $24,156 per year nationwide.

The Vancouver area is home to forty-eight schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree as an assistant hairstylist. The most common level of education for assistant hairstylists is a post-secondary certificate. You can expect to spend a short time studying to be an assistant hairstylist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Assistant Hairstylist

Assistant Hairstylist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Every day, assistant hairstylists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they speak clearly.

It is important for assistant hairstylists to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment. They are often called upon to treat scalp conditions and hair loss, using specialized lotions or equipment such as infrared lamps or vibrating equipment. They also take care of treatment records. Somewhat less frequently, assistant hairstylists are also expected to massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil.

and massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil. And finally, they sometimes have to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment.

Like many other jobs, assistant hairstylists must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Vancouver 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.
  • 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: Assistant Hairstylist Training

Northwest College of Hair Design - Hillsboro, OR

Northwest College of Hair Design, 210 SE 4th Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Northwest College of Hair Design is a small college located in Hillsboro, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 79 students. Northwest College of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated seven students in 2008.

Northwest College - Aloha, OR

Northwest College, 18295 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Ste A, Aloha, OR 97006-3954. Northwest College is a small college located in Aloha, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 36 students. Northwest College has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated one student in 2008.

Phagans School of Hair Design - Milwaukie, OR

Phagans School of Hair Design, 16550 SE McLoughlin, Milwaukie, OR 97267. Phagans School of Hair Design is a small school located in Milwaukie, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 86 students. Phagans School of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated three students in 2008.

Phagans School of Hair Design - Portland, OR

Phagans School of Hair Design, 1542 NE Weider Ave, Portland, OR 97232. Phagans School of Hair Design is a small school located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 143 students. Phagans School of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

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

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.