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Women aren’t the only ones cut out for careers that center around the care and maintenance of hair. Barbering is a great option for men who wish to work in the industry, but do not necessarily want to work on women’s hair.

A career as a barber allows for social interaction with a variety of people, as well as serving as an outlet for creativity and as a means of expressing independence.

Those who wish to have a career as a barber have two options for education: complete a certificate program or complete a post-secondary, state-approved barber program.

Both programs are open to high school graduates or GED holders and can be completed in one year. The curriculum should focus on hair styling techniques, barbering tools, skin and scalp care, shaving and sanitation methods per state sanitation laws. Additionally, both certificate and diploma programs should offer hands-on experience opportunities for prospective barbers to practice their skills.

In addition to earning a degree, barbers also are required to pass a licensure exam in all 50 states. Eligibility requirements vary from one state to another. Most states require the completion of a formal education program before licensure can be obtained, while others will accept an apprenticeship completed under a licensed barber. Licensing examinations consist of written, oral and hands-on demonstration of skills components.

Some states require barbers to engage in continuing education in order to maintain their licensure, while other states require a license renewal after a set time period.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for trained barbers is expected to grow by 13 percent over the next decade, which is average compared with other professions during the same time period.

The average hourly wage for barbers as of May 2012 was $12.06. The hourly wage does not factor in tips from customers. Barbers can work for a barbering business or be self-employed. Those who are self employed are able to determine their own working hours.

To find a traditional or online degree program in barbering, please use the unique search tool on www.collegefinder.us.com.

Articles & content by Shari Berg, Collegefinder.us.com.

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