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Career and Education Opportunities for Manicurists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For those living in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, there are many career and education opportunities for manicurists. 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.

Income for manicurists is about $8 per hour or $18,300 per year on average in Wisconsin. Nationally, their income is about $9 hourly or $19,670 per year. Manicurists earn less than people working in the category of Personal Care generally in Wisconsin and less than people in the Personal Care category nationally.

The Milwaukee area is home to thirty-nine schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Milwaukee where you can get a degree 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 Milwaukee 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

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness - Milwaukee, WI

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, 342 North Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a small school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 149 students. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness has 2 areas of study related to Manicurist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, two to four year which graduated 52 students in 2008.
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist, less than one year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Greenfield - Greenfield, WI

Regency Beauty Institute-Greenfield, 7995 West Layton Ave., Greenfield, WI 53220. Regency Beauty Institute-Greenfield is a small school located in Greenfield, Wisconsin. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 58 students and an admission rate of 45%. Regency Beauty Institute-Greenfield has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six students in 2008.

Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI

Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee, 5655 South 27th St, Milwaukee, WI 53221. Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee is a small school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 125 students. Empire Beauty School-Milwaukee has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated seventy-five students in 2008.

Advanced Institute of Hair Design - Milwaukee, WI

Advanced Institute of Hair Design, 11010 W Hampton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53225. Advanced Institute of Hair Design is a small school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 66 students and an admission rate of 97%. Advanced Institute of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated fifty-seven students in 2008.

Advanced Institute of Hair Design - Greenfield, WI

Advanced Institute of Hair Design, 4111 S. 108th Street, Greenfield, WI 53228. Advanced Institute of Hair Design is a small school located in Greenfield, Wisconsin. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 104 students and an admission rate of 100%. Advanced Institute of Hair Design has a two to four year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eighty-four 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: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. It has a population of over 604,477, which has grown by 1.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Milwaukee, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Milwaukee cost $167,400 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, ninety-six new homes were built in Milwaukee, down from one hundred sixty-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Milwaukee are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is administrative and support and waste management services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 18.3% of Milwaukee residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Milwaukee is 10.6%, which is greater than Wisconsin's average of 7.7%.

The percentage of Milwaukee residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 47.5%, is less than both the national and state average. Church of the Epiphany, Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church and German Full Gospel Church are among the churches located in Milwaukee. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Milwaukee is home to the Caroline Hall and the Wood as well as Cannon Park and Fifth Ward Playground. Shopping malls in the area include Juneau Village Shopping Center, Times Square Shopping Center and Grand Avenue Mall Shopping Center. Visitors to Milwaukee can choose from Edge-O-Town Motel, Manor House Hotel and Days Inn West Allis for temporary stays in the area.