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$25,860 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nail Technician & Manicurist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nail technician/specialist and manicurist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 9,857
Undergraduate Certificate 185

What Nail Technician & Manicurist Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, manicurist majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Manicurist Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills for Manicurist Majors

When studying manicurist, 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Manicurist Majors

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

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Nail Technician & Manicurist Major?

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

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Manicurists and Pedicurists 13.2% $24,330

How Much Do Nail Technician & Manicurist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Manicurist majors often go into careers with median salaries of $25,860. 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 manicurist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for manicurist careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 34.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 47.4%
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) 14.2%
Some College Courses 0.3%

Online Nail Technician & Manicurist Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 618 schools offered some type of nail technician/specialist and manicurist 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) 603 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 20 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 603 1
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 Nail Technician & Manicurist Worth It?

The median salary for a manicurist grad is $25,860 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 manicurist.

Major Number of Grads
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 52,002
Aesthetician/Esthetician & Skin Care Specialist 23,657
Barbering/Barber 8,937
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, & Nail Instructor 1,881
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 1,732
Other Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts 1,563
Make-Up Artist/Specialist 1,409
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,142
Hair Styling/Stylist & Hair Design 773
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager 247
Electrolysis/Electrology & Electrolysis Technician 239
Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup & Tattooing 50

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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