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39-5011.00 - Barbers

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

Sample of reported job titles: Barber, Barber Shop Operator, Master Barber, Stylist

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut and trim hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean work stations and sweep floors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record services provided on cashiers' tickets or receive payment from customers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Suggest treatments to alleviate hair problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shampoo hair. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Curl, color, or straighten hair, using special chemical solutions and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply lather and shave beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure, fit, and groom hairpieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide face, neck, and scalp massages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide skin care and nail treatments. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Barber and salon hair cutting gown or cape — Protective capes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic hair dryers — Handheld blow dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric hair clipper — Facial hair trimmers; Handheld electric hair clippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hair combs or brushes — Hot air brushes; Rat tail combs; Round brushes; Vent brushes (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hair or curling iron — Curling irons; Straightening irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hair scissors — Barber scissors; Straight-bladed scissors; Thinning shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Spray bottles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razors — Electric shavers; Straight razors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Strops; Whet stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shaving brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soap dispenser — Latherizing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Swiveling barber chair — Adjustable barber chairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Pointed tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Appointment scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Customer information databases See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software — Point of sale POS payment software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim client hair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply cleansing or conditioning agents to client hair, scalp, or skin. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer therapeutic massages. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess skin or hair conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Groom wigs or hairpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Promote products, services, or programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain financial or account records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss service options or needs with clients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sell products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain client information or service records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise service workers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform human resources activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 90% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 88% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 84% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 83% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 77% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 33% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 31% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 36% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
55   Post-secondary certificate Help
23   High school diploma or equivalent Help
18   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: REC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $12.22 hourly, $25,410 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 52,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 19,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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