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Hairstylists and Barbers

What they do?

Hairstylists perform some or all of the following duties:

A. May judge in competitions

B. May train or supervise other hairstylists, hairstylist apprentices and helpers.

Where they find work?

1. Other services (except public administration) - 98.0%

What education do I need?

1. Hairstylists

2. On-the-job training may be substituted for formal education.

3. There are various provincial/territorial certification and licensing requirements for barbers, ranging from trade certification to licensing by a provincial/territorial association.

4. Barbers can also obtain inter-provincial trade certification (Red Seal) as qualified hairstylists.

5. Some secondary school education is required.

6. Completion of a two- or three-year hairstyling apprenticeship program or completion of a college or other program in hairstyling combined with on-the-job training is usually required.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Business
4. Sciences

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Hairstylists and Barbers is $10.63/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Hairstylists and Barbers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Hairstylists and Barbers Wage By Age


2% of Hairstylists and Barbers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Hairstylists and Barbers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Hairstylists and Barbers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Hairstylists and Barbers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($10.63) are below the average ($18.07), and the wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (2%) is below the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Hairstylists and Barbers are found in New Brunswick and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are in British Columbia and Newfoundland.

Useful Experience:

1. Customer service

2. Interpersonal skills

3. Business procedures

Part Time Workers

Hairstylists and Barbers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

27% of Hairstylists and Barbers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 91,800 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 4% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Hairstylists and Barbers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Hairstylists and Barbers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 50% of Hairstylists and Barbers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Hairstylists and Barbers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

87% of the individuals employed as Hairstylists and Barbers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.