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Barber Technologist

Program Requirements: 

Gateway is the first technical college in Wisconsin to offer the Barber Technologist program. The program is taught by highly skilled licensed instructors and features state-of-the-art equipment and professional product lines.

The Barber Technologist program is designed to encourage the student to expand their talent on haircutting techniques, learn to create a professional shave and understand the importance of professional decontamination of barber tools and equipment.

Students complete the program in two semesters.

What does a Barber Technologist do?

Do you like working with people? Working with your hands? Being your own boss? A Barber Technologist can work as a barber, instructor for barbering (with additional training and licensure), professional sales representative, manager (with additional licensure) and platform artist. There is great flexibility, creativity, growth and unlimited income for a barber, based on the amount of hours the barber wishes to invest.

Learning by doing

Hands-on learning is the focal part of the Barber Technologist program at Gateway. Students will work on mannequins to design beards, haircuts, color and textured services. When students complete their theory and practical classes, they will be practicing in a Barber Shop atmosphere on real clients in a Client Service Lab, opening Spring of 2014. Students have an opportunity to be involved with many activities including America’s Beauty Show in Chicago.

Job and salary outlook

National data estimates an entry level Barber Technologist earns an average of $13.23 per hour, plus tips, based on 2013 figures. Wages jump to $20.80 per hour after five years, plus tips. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 14 percent growth in the field by 2019.

Certification and Licensing

Gateway’s Barbering Technology program prepares technical diploma recipients to pass their State Barber License exam. Once students have completed the Barber Technologist program, they are qualified to apply to take the Barber Exam with Pearson Vue test taking services.