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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Vancouver, Washington

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for manicurists in the Vancouver, Washington area. About 1,390 people are currently employed as manicurists in Washington. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 25% to about 1,750 people employed. 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.

Income for manicurists is about $9 hourly or $19,810 yearly on average in Washington. Nationally, their income is about $9 hourly or $19,670 annually. 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 forty-eight schools of higher education in the Vancouver area, including seven within twenty-five miles of Vancouver 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 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 Vancouver include:

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

Mt Hood Community College - Gresham, OR

Mt Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030. Mt Hood Community College is a medium sized college located in Gresham, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,251 students. Mt Hood Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and twenty-six students respectively 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 11 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 40 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year.

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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 14 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Phagans Tigard Beauty School - Tigard, OR

Phagans Tigard Beauty School, 8820 SW Center, Tigard, OR 97223. Phagans Tigard Beauty School is a small school located in Tigard, Oregon. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 35 students. Phagans Tigard Beauty School has less than one year, one to two year, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated three, seven, and sixteen students respectively in 2008.

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 two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-five 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 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 31 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 2 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.