Becoming a Barber

Barbers work with a mostly male client base. They will cut, color, shampoo hair but they may also provide shaving, facials, and hair-piece styling. A barber should have outstanding people skills to ensure their clients are comfortable and happy sitting in that chair and entrusting them to spiffy up their looks.

What is the average salary of a barber?

Barbers who work full-time can expect, according to bls.gov, a median salary of $23,710 annually. This translates to $11.40 per hour. This median range does not include the tips which can add significantly to the barbers pay. Barbers who own their own shop can expect to earn more due to the space rental and percentage they receive from their co-workers.

Most barbers work full-time but it’s not unheard of to be a part-time barber.

How much time does it take to become a barber?

If school is attended full time, it only takes 9 months to become a barber. To stay en pointe when it comes to hairstyle trends, barbers should take continuing education courses so their style is up to date. o become a barber, you must have a high school diploma or GED. Every state has their own specifications when it comes to becoming a certified barber so be sure to explore your state’s guidelines.

Each state has a licensing exam that must be taken in order to be a barber. This test has both a written and oral component as well as practical one.

Click the link to find schools in your state or check out this free practice test to see if you have what it takes to be a barber!

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