Summary Report for:
39-5092.00 - Manicurists and Pedicurists
Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
Sample of reported job titles: Manicurist, Nail Technician, Pedicurist
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
- Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
- Schedule client appointments and accept payments.
- Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs.
- Clean customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.
- Shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards.
- Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
- Advise clients on nail care and use of products and colors.
- Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin from the hands and massage them.
- Soften nail cuticles with water and oil, push back cuticles, using cuticle knife, and trim cuticles, using scissors or nippers.
- Brush powder and solvent onto nails and paper forms to maintain nail appearance and to extend nails, then remove forms and shape and smooth nail edges using rotary abrasive wheel.
- Maintain supply inventories and records of client services.
- Treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping, or provide treatment to nail biters.
- Roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel.
- Promote and sell nail care products.
- Attach paper forms to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails.
- Polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air brushes — Manicure airbrushes
- Carts — Pedicure carts
- Cash registers — Electronic cash registers
- Dry heat or hot air sterilizers — Dry heat sterilizers
- Extremity hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Foot baths
- Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines
- Manicure implements — Cuticle knives; Cuticle scissors; Nail scissors; Nail scrub brushes (see all 11 examples)
- Nail clippers — Nail nippers; Nail slicers
- Nail dryers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Pedicure implements — Callus shavers; Toe separators
- Personal computers
- Pumice stone — Pumice stones
- Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves
- Tables — Manicure tables
- Tweezers — Manicure tweezers
- Ultraviolet sterilizer — Ultraviolet UV sterilizers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Calendar and scheduling software — Appointment Search; Appointment-Plus; AppointmentQuest Online Appointment Scheduler
- Customer relationship management CRM software — Customer information databases
- Data base user interface and query software — Aknaf ADVANTAGE Salon Software and Spa Software; DaySmart Software Salon Iris
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- 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.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Detailed Work Activities
- Clean tools or equipment.
- Administer therapeutic massages.
- Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
- Schedule appointments.
- Assess skin or hair conditions.
- Promote products, services, or programs.
- Sell products or services.
- Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting.
- Maintain client information or service records.
- Maintain supply or equipment inventories.
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 100% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Contact With Others — 78% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 82% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 90% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Telephone — 90% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 67% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Spend Time Sitting — 81% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 67% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 70% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 69% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 67% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Level of Competition — 57% responded “Extremely competitive.”
- Deal With External Customers — 59% responded “Extremely important.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 69% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 42% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 36% responded “Very important.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 44% responded “Extremely important.”
- Exposed to Disease or Infections — 37% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 43% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 40% responded “No results.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|34||High school diploma or equivalent|
|24||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RES
- 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.
- 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.
- Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
- 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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- 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.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- 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.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$9.43 hourly, $19,620 annual|
|Employment (2012)||87,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Faster than average (15% to 21%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||20,700|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Manicurists and Pedicurists . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.