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1-2 years post-secondary training

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What They Do

Barbers Career Video

About This Career

Provides barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair; trimming beards; or giving shaves.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Cleans and sterilizes scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.
  • Drapes and pins protective cloths around customers' shoulders.
  • Cuts and trims hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.
  • Questions patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.
  • Cleans work stations and sweeps floors.
  • Applies lather and shaves beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors.
  • Records services provided on cashiers' tickets or receives payment from customers.
  • Shapes and trims beards and moustaches, using scissors.
  • Performs clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel.
  • Stays informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Barber Shop Operator
  • Stylist
  • Barber Stylist


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