Barbers

General Information

Description

Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair; trimming beards; or giving shaves.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit47.47%
  2. Self-employed45.89%
  3. Private, not for profit3.01%
  4. State and local government1.85%
  5. Federal government0.60%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 85,300 openings for barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$32,470

State-by-state Salary

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$61,710
$20,360
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 28%
  • High school 24%
  • Less than high school 20%
  • Some college 11%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Production and Processing
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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