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Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.   (O'Net 39-5012.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Barber Stylist, Beautician, Beautician Apprentice, Beauty Advisor, Beauty Operator, Beauty Therapist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.68   $ 10.71   $ 13.23   $ 17.03   $ 24.83   $ 14.89  
    Yearly $20,130   $22,270   $27,530   $35,410   $51,650   $30,970  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.61   $ 10.93   $ 16.29   $ 19.77   $ 24.35   $ 16.46  
    Yearly $19,990   $22,740   $33,880   $41,110   $50,650   $34,230  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.75   $ 11.01   $ 13.21   $ 15.38   $ 25.75   $ 14.68  
    Yearly $20,280   $22,910   $27,480   $31,990   $53,560   $30,540  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.61   $ 9.77   $ 10.86   $ 13.16   $ 17.72   $ 12.69  
    Yearly $19,980   $20,330   $22,590   $27,370   $36,850   $26,390  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 2,289 2,502 0.9% 80
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Personal and laundry services 52.8%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 42.5%
    Health and personal care stores 1.1%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 0.3%
    Accommodation 0.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs.
     
  • Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
     
  • Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.
     
  • Schedule client appointments.
     
  • Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.
     
  • Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.
     
  • Shampoo, rinse, condition and dry hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions.
     
  • Operate cash registers to receive payments from patrons.
     
  • Demonstrate and sell hair care products and cosmetics.
     
  • Develop new styles and techniques.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated March 2003
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated March 2003
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
     
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated March 2003
     


    Work Activities
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  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated March 2003
     


    Interests
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  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated March 2003
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Cosmetologist Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists
    Electrologist Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Electrologist Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists  updated October 2003
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other.
     
    • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor.
     
    • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General.
     
    • Electrolysis/Electrology and Electrolysis Technician.
     
    • Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design.
     
    • Make-Up Artist/Specialist.
     
    • Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup and Tattooing.
     
    • Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager.
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 
     

     
     
     
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