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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

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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 sanitize tools and work environment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain supply inventories and records of client services. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare nail cuticles with water and oil, using cuticle knives to push back cuticles and scissors or nippers to trim cuticles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use rotary abrasive wheels to shape and smooth nails or artificial extensions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule client appointments and accept payments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin, and massage hands. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise clients on nail care and use of products and colors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Extend nails using powder, solvent, and paper forms attached to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencils. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Promote and sell nail care products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Decorate clients' nails by piercing or attaching ornaments or designs. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air brushes — Manicure airbrushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carts — Pedicure carts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cash registers — Electronic cash registers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dry heat or hot air sterilizers — Dry heat sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extremity hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Foot baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manicure implements — Cuticle knives; Cuticle scissors; Nail scissors; Nail scrub brushes (see all 11 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nail clippers — Nail nippers; Nail slicers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nail dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pedicure implements — Callus shavers; Toe separators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pumice stone — Pumice stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tables — Manicure tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Manicure tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet sterilizer — Ultraviolet UV sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Appointment Search; Appointment-Plus; AppointmentQuest Online Appointment Scheduler See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Customer relationship management CRM software — Customer information databases See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Aknaf ADVANTAGE Salon Software and Spa Software; DaySmart Software Salon Iris 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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 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.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. 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.
  • Administer therapeutic massages. 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.
  • Promote products, services, or programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sell products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain client information or service records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain supply or equipment inventories. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 63% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 16% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 42% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 20% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 38% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 35% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 22% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 30% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
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Not available Less than high school diploma
Not available Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

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. 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.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.43 hourly, $19,620 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 87,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 20,700
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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