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Barbers
SOC Code: 39-5011.00

Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Sample of reported job titles: Barber, Barber Shop Operator, Barber Stylist, Stylist

Tasks

  • Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.
  • Drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders.
  • Cut and trim hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.
  • Question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.
  • Clean work stations and sweep floors.
  • Apply lather and shave beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors.
  • Record services provided on cashiers' tickets or receive payment from customers.
  • Shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.
  • Perform clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel.
  • Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
  • Suggest treatments to alleviate hair problems.
  • Order supplies.
  • Shampoo hair.
  • Recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies.
  • Measure, fit, and groom hairpieces.
  • Identify hair problems, using microscopes and testing devices, or by sending clients' hair samples out to independent laboratories for analysis.
  • Provide skin care and nail treatments.
  • Keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - Appointment scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Customer information databases
  • Point of sale POS software - Point of sale POS payment software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Barber and salon hair cutting gown or cape - Protective capes
  • Desktop computers
  • Domestic hair dryers - Handheld blow dryers
  • Electric hair clipper - Facial hair trimmers; Handheld electric hair clippers
  • Hair combs or brushes - Hot air brushes; Rat tail combs; Round brushes; Vent brushes (see all 5 examples)
  • Hair or curling iron - Curling irons; Straightening irons
  • Hair scissors - Barber scissors; Straight-bladed scissors; Thinning shears
  • Hand sprayers - Spray bottles
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Razors - Electric shavers; Straight razors
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits - Strops; Whet stones
  • Shaving brushes
  • Soap dispenser - Latherizing machines
  • Swiveling barber chair - Adjustable barber chairs
  • Tweezers - Pointed tweezers

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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities

  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Interests

  • Interest code: REC
    • 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.
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 98% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Contact With Others - 82% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 79% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity - 80% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Spend Time Standing - 65% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 71% responded “Very important results.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 57% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 44% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 26% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 61% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 34% responded “Never.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 43% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 30% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 32% responded “Fairly important.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 57% responded “Less than half the time.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
29%Post-secondary certificate
25%High school diploma or equivalent
21%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • 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.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • 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.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

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.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $12.33 hourly, $25,650 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 56,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 6,200

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