Barber Job Description

Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style their customers’ hair. Unlike hairstylists who work with all types of clients, barbers normally work exclusively with men.

Depending on their seniority and role within the barbershop, they may also be responsible for supervising and training other employees, as well as handling scheduling, inventory, and financial book keeping.

The types of services offered by barbers vary depending on their place of business. For instance, some barbers offer shampooing and other services that are more salon-like in nature, while others stick to providing haircuts and shaves.

Work Environment and Schedule

Barbers work in barbershops or salons, and spend the majority of their time working on their feet.

Most barbers work full time, but there are many part time opportunities available as well. Working evenings and weekends is normally required, since those are the busiest times of the week at most barbershops.

Because maintaining a consistent client base is necessary for becoming a successful barber, providing good customer service is an essential part of this occupation. Barbers must listen carefully to the needs of their clients, and cut their hair accordingly.

How to Become a Barber

Most barbers have a high school diploma, though employers don’t always require them for employment.

All states require that barbers become licensed through a barber school. Before you enroll in a school, you should make sure that it’s state licensed. If it isn’t, you won’t be able to qualify to take the licensing exam, which is needed to practice as a barber.

Training programs in barber schools normally last at least 9 months. Once complete, graduates are eligible to take the licensing exam, which normally includes both a styling and written portion.

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Employment Outlook

There are currently 62,200 barbers in the United States, with 1,580 new barber job openings created each year.

Barber jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Barber Salaries

Overall Salaries

Barber salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most barbers make between $19,400 – $33,400 per year, or $9.32 – $16.07 per hour.

Updated: 09/02/2017

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