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Career and Education Opportunities for Barbers in Vancouver, Washington

For those living in the Vancouver, Washington area, there are many career and education opportunities for barbers. There are currently 840 jobs for barbers in Washington and this is projected to grow by 26% to about 1,060 jobs 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. In general, barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Barbers earn approximately $12 hourly or $26,760 annually on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $24,050 per year. Barbers earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Washington and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

The Vancouver area is home to forty-eight schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree as a barber. The most common level of education for barbers is a post-secondary certificate. 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 Vancouver include:

  • Assistant Hairstylist. Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
  • 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

Beau Monde College of Hair Design - Portland, OR

Beau Monde College of Hair Design, 1221 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. Beau Monde College of Hair Design is a small college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 160 students. Beau Monde College of Hair Design has a one to two year program in Barbering/Barber which graduated four students in 2008.

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 3 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year.

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 3 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year.
  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year which graduated 1 student 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 3 areas of study related to Barber. They are:

  • Barbering/Barber, one to two year which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design, one to two year which graduated 13 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, one to two year.

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.