Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair. It is also not uncommon for a barber to provide hair and scalp treatments, shave male customers, and give facial massages. Barbers are expected to keep their work area clean and their hairdressing implements sanitized. They may make appointments and keep records of hair color and permanent wave formulas used by their customers.
Pay Scale: $7.25 - $20.00 per hour
Barbers generally work in clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and ventilation. Workers must stand a great deal and prolonged exposure to some hair and nail chemicals may be hazardous and cause irritation. Evening and weekend work is often expected.
Interest and Temperament
Persons who want to become barbers should exhibit finger dexterity, a sense of form and artistry, and they should be able to deal well with the public.
Must be in good physical health.
Length of Training
Training lasts for two years consisting of no less than 4,000 hours of on-the-job training with a minimum of 288 hours of classroom instruction. When apprenticeship is completed, must pass Barber State Board.
Becoming a Barber Apprentice
- Search for a salon/shop that will sponsor (hire) you as an apprentice.
- Once you have located a sponsor, contact the Gateway Apprenticeship Department or the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Office for a Barber apprenticeship application form.
- Fill out the application with your sponsoring salon/shop.
- Meet the Notary Republic requirements and mail completed form to the BAS with the $10 fee or drop off at the Apprenticeship office.
- You can start working at your sponsoring salon/shop upon the receipt of your Barber Apprenticeship Permit.
- Contact Gateway Apprenticeship Department if you have not received registration information two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. (Classes begin in August, September, October, January, February, and March.)