Barbers shampoo, cut, trim, and style hair and shave, trim, and shape beards. While barbers are formally trained to perform other services such as coloring and perming hair, most barbers in barbershops do not offer these services. Barbers may also call themselves barber-stylists, and a few may even refer to themselves as tonsorial artists, an old-fashioned term that is derived from a Latin word meaning "to shear." There are approximately 15,100 barbers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Barber-Stylists, Tonsorial Artists
Duties Shampoo, cut, trim, and style hair and shave, trim, and shape beards
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Health
Experience Part-time job
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Outgoing
  • Talkative
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Barber Shop Owner
  • Barber
  • Apprentice or Trainee

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