Also known as Barber, Barber Shop Operator, Barber Stylist, Stylist
Also known as Barber, Barber Shop Operator, Barber Stylist
Barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair; trimming beards; or giving shaves.
Barbers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Barbers. More generally, Barbers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Barber is $32,470, and the average salary is $38,050. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Barber salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Barbers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Barbers earn less than $21,810 per year, 25% earn less than $25,480, 75% earn less than $46,400, and 90% earn less than $63,450.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Barbers is expected to change by 17.5%, and there should be roughly 6,400 open positions for Barbers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Barber are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Enterprising interests.
Barbers typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
Also, Barbers typically have moderate Conventional interests. 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.
Lastly, Barbers typically have moderate Enterprising interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Barber tend to value Relationships, Achievement, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Barbers strongly value 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.
Second, Barbers moderately 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.
Lastly, Barbers moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Barbers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, self-control, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Barbers, ranked by importance:
Barbers often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Barbers 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 this occupation.
Barbers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, administration and management, or economics and accounting knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Barbers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Barbers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Barbers need abilities such as arm-hand steadiness, oral comprehension, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Barbers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Barbers frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and social perceptiveness to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Barbers, ranked by their relative importance.
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