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3 Associates's Degrees Annually
#230 in Popularity (Associate's)
$33,220 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Barbering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many barbering/barber graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 7,423
Basic Certificate 735
Associate Degree 1

What Barbering Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to barbering were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Barbering Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in barbering should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Barbering Majors

When studying barbering, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Barbering Majors

A major in barbering will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

What Can You Do With a Barbering Major?

People with a barbering degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Barbers 13.5% $27,960

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Barbering?

1 Associate's Degrees Annually
100% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of barbering majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 0
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Barbering Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to barbering is $33,220. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with barbering require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to barbering have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 21.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 25.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 29.7%
Some College Courses 12.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.7%
Master’s Degree 1.3%

Online Barbering Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 508 schools offered some type of barbering/barber program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 468 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 22 0
Associate’s Degree 4 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Barbering Worth It?

The median salary for a barbering grad is $33,220 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to barbering.

Major Number of Grads
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 45,592
Aesthetician/Esthetician & Skin Care Specialist 24,512
Nail Technician/Specialist & Manicurist 8,655
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 2,079
Other Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts 1,737
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, & Nail Instructor 1,274
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,187
Hair Styling/Stylist & Hair Design 1,037
Make-Up Artist/Specialist 797
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager 322
Electrolysis/Electrology & Electrolysis Technician 232
Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup & Tattooing 26

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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