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“Get Paid to Fade”
Give haircuts, shaves, and trims to mostly male customers.
The Job
Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair mostly for male clients. They also may fit hairpieces and offer scalp treatments and facial shaving. In many States, barbers are licensed to color, bleach, or highlight hair and to offer permanent-wave services. Barbers also may provide skin care and nail treatments. Most full-time barbers put in a 40-hour week, but longer hours are common, especially among self-employed workers. Work schedules may include evenings and weekends, the times when beauty salons and barbershops are busiest.Barbers who operate their own salons have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.
Work Environment
Usually a barbershop
College Majors
Barber License
Minimum Qualifications
generally a person must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 16 years old, and have graduated from a State-licensed barber or cosmetology school.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Interpersonal skills, image, and attitude play an important role in career success
Quick Facts
  • About 46 percent of workers are self employed; many also work flexible schedules.
  • More Info: National Association of Barber Boards of America, Internet:
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages in May 2008 for barbers, including tips, were $11.56. The middle 50 percent earned between $8.93 and $14.69. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.56, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $19.51.
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