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What Does it Take to Be a Barber?

Job Description & Duties Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Daily Life Of a Barber

  • Recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies.
  • Curl, color, or straighten hair, using special chemical solutions and equipment.
  • Provide skin care and nail treatments.
  • Order supplies.
  • Shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.
  • Question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.

Things a Barber Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Barbers say are important on the job.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Hair Cutter
  • Barber Instructor
  • Barber Shop Operator
  • Barber Stylist
  • Stylist

Is There Job Demand for Barbers?

There were about 56,400 jobs for Barber in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 13.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 7,600 new jobs for Barber by 2026. The BLS estimates 6,200 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Barber are Washington, New Jersey, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in North Dakota, Nebraska, or Pennsylvania. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Barber Make?

Barbers make between $19,280 and $52,600 a year.

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Barbers who work in Washington, Maryland, or Illinois, make the highest salaries.

How much do Barbers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $39,350
Arizona $27,540
California $35,850
Colorado $32,670
Connecticut $27,550
District of Columbia $38,680
Florida $22,180
Georgia $29,140
Idaho $24,310
Illinois $42,930
Indiana $30,170
Iowa $32,770
Kansas $25,220
Kentucky $37,340
Louisiana $31,180
Maine $34,490
Maryland $48,890
Massachusetts $53,430
Michigan $28,300
Minnesota $33,550
Missouri $24,970
Nevada $27,490
New Jersey $32,710
New York $29,910
North Carolina $30,870
Ohio $37,120
Pennsylvania $28,060
Texas $31,990
Utah $24,820
Virginia $39,190
Washington $55,980
West Virginia $24,920
Wisconsin $34,690

Tools & Technologies Used by Barbers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Barbers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Linux
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Appointment scheduling software
  • Customer information databases

How do I Become a Barber?

Education needed to be a Barber:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Barber?

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Who Employs Barbers?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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