Hairdressers, also called stylists or barbers, have the job of providing hair services to their clients. This can include a wide range of services, and just some of the things a hairstylist might do for clients is chemically straighten hair, dye hair, trim or cut hair, style hair, relax hair and create artistic up-dos for special occasions like weddings and proms. Hairdressers may also be responsible for sanitizing tools in their salon or barbershop as well as marketing services or handling the financial aspect of the business.
Hairdresser Education Requirements
Generally, it is not required for a Hairdresser to have any formal education or certification in order to be employed. However, most successful Hairdressers have attended a certification program in cosmetology or barbering in order to learn their skills. Others may earn an associate degree or complete an internship under the guidance of a seasoned hairdresser or stylist.
Hairdresser Job Market
Over the next decade, there is expected to be an impressive 13 percent increase in job demand for hairdressers in the United States. This is a significant rise, and it surpasses the population growth as well as most other industries. By 2022, it is predicted that there will be 688,770 hairstylists working in America, which means that there will be as many as 22,060 new employment openings every single year. This growth should be encouraging to anyone who is planning to become a Hairdresser, or anyone in a similar positions such as a cosmetologist, hair stylist or a manicurist.
Since salaries range so substantially, the best way to think of wages for Hairdressers is by the hour. Currently, the average hourly pay in the hairdressing industry is $10.95. However, those who own their own salon, travel to provide services in client homes, have many years of experience or who have established a name for themselves in a large city can easily expect to make significantly more for each hour of work.