Career summary

Details for Barbers


Description

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

Tasks

  • Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.
  • Drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders.
  • Cut and trim hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.
  • Question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.
  • Clean work stations and sweep floors.
  • Apply lather and shave beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors.
  • Record services provided on cashiers' tickets or receive payment from customers.
  • Shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.
  • Perform clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel.
  • Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
  • Suggest treatments to alleviate hair problems.
  • Order supplies.
  • Shampoo hair.
  • Recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies.
  • Measure, fit, and groom hairpieces.
  • Identify hair problems, using microscopes and testing devices, or by sending clients' hair samples out to independent laboratories for analysis.
  • Provide skin care and nail treatments.
  • Keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit.
  • Curl, color, or straighten hair, using special chemical solutions and equipment.
  • Provide face, neck, and scalp massages.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • 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.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Skills

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