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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Madison, Wisconsin

Manicurist career and educational opportunities abound in Madison, Wisconsin. Currently, 1,090 people work as manicurists in Wisconsin. This is expected to grow by 23% to 1,330 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for manicurists are expected to grow by about 18.8%. Manicurists generally clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails.

Manicurists earn about $8 hourly or $18,300 yearly on average in Wisconsin and about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year on average nationally. Earnings for manicurists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Wisconsin and not quite as good as general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are thirteen schools of higher education in the Madison area, including two within twenty-five miles of Madison where you can get a degree to start your career as a manicurist. Manicurists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so 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 Madison 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

Empire Beauty School-Madison - Madison, WI

Empire Beauty School-Madison, 6414 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53717-1111. Empire Beauty School-Madison is a small school located in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 175 students. Empire Beauty School-Madison has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 53 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Madison - Madison, WI

Regency Beauty Institute-Madison, 2358 East Springs Drive, Madison, WI 53704. Regency Beauty Institute-Madison is a small school located in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 79 students and an admission rate of 75%. Regency Beauty Institute-Madison has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-eight students in 2008.

LICENSES

MANICURIST

Licensing agency: Dept of Regulation & Licensing
Address: Business & Design Professions Bureau, 1400 E. Washington Ave, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708-8935

Phone: (608) 266-5511
Website: Dept of Regulation & Licensing Business & Design Professions Bureau

LOCATION INFORMATION: Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin photo by Dori

Madison is situated in Dane County, Wisconsin. It has a population of over 231,916, which has grown by 11.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Madison, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Madison are valued at $243,800 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, one hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Madison, down from three hundred seventy-four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Madison are educational services, health care, and finance and insurance. For men, it is educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 18 minutes. More than 48.2% of Madison residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 20.9%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Madison is 5.2%, which is less than Wisconsin's average of 7.7%.

The percentage of Madison residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.5%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Gates of Heaven Synagogue, Abundant Life Church and Grace Episcopal Church are some of the churches located in Madison. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church.

Madison is home to the Allen Centennial Gardens and the Annie C Stewart Memorial Fountain as well as Bordner Park and Brigham Park. Shopping centers in the area include Brookwood Village Shopping Center, Whitney Square Shopping Center and Walnut Grove Shopping Center. Visitors to Madison can choose from Comfort Inn Madison, Howard Johnson-Plaza Hotel and Country Inn Sts Madison for temporary stays in the area.