Barbers provide hair styling and beauty services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves. Barbers mostly work in a barbershop or salon. Physical stamina is important, because workers are on their feet for most of their shift. Many work part time, and nearly half were self-employed in 2010. All states require barbers to be licensed, with the exception of shampooers. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from a state-approved barbering program.


With Savannah Tech’s master barber/stylist program, students approach the state licensing examinations backed by hands-on, industry-relevant experience and will make a seamless transition from training to the professional world. Students in barbering learn classic skills and new techniques and get hands-on experience, as well as business skills and management preparation.

Overall employment of barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.  Opportunities for entry-level workers should be favorable, while job candidates at high-end establishments will face keen competition.

Employment trends are expected to vary among the different occupational specialties. The number of barbers will increase by 12 percent, about as fast as average. This growth will primarily come from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair services. Additionally, the demand for hair coloring and other advanced hair treatments has increased in recent years, particularly among baby boomers and young people. These occupational programs are open to high school students in 10-12th grade.

Source: Technical College System of Georgia – Knowledge Management System

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