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Manicurists and Pedicurists
SOC Code: 39-5092.00

Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

Sample of reported job titles: Manicurist, Nail Technician, Pedicurist

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - Appointment Search; Appointment-Plus; AppointmentQuest Online Appointment Scheduler
  • Customer relationship management CRM software - Customer information databases
  • Data base user interface and query software - Aknaf ADVANTAGE Salon Software and Spa Software; DaySmart Software Salon Iris
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

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

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.

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.

Abilities

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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

Work Styles

  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • 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.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $11.17 hourly, $23,230 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 126,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 16,600

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