When most people think of a barber, they see someone snipping and clipping hair at a regular shop or salon — but in reality, there are plenty of other options and opportunities beyond traditional barbershops.
Typically, a barber’s job is to cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair for a dominantly male clientele. A typical work environment will depend on the establishment you choose, which could also largely depend on your skill. As long as you go through mandatory training, there are many options and opportunities to work! Here are the top 4 job opportunities for a qualified barber:
- Traditional barbershops and salons.
For many barbers, working in traditional shops is as good a place to work as any. With the option to work part-time or full-time. It’s a comfortable gig that allows many barbers to work on the side or have a stable, routine income with insurance and other benefits.
- Personal care services.
As a certified barber, you can often find jobs in a variety of other settings in the personal care industry, such as resorts, spas, and even cruise ships! Retirement communities and nursing homes often hire barbers to provide services for their residents. Barbers are also frequently hired by government agencies to provide military haircuts and services to public institutions, like hospitals and prisons.
- Educational instructors.
Being a steadily growing multi-billion dollar industry with high demand, there are many prospective barbers that need formal training, tutoring, and mentoring. Many schools hire experienced barbers to teach, tutor, or mentor students in a variety of skills including how to wash, cut, and style hair, mustaches, and beards. It’s a chance to pay it forward and pass on your knowledge and experience to up and comers passionate about Barbering.
You may need additional education requirements to be able to teach.
- Self-employed services.
Being self-employed allows many barbers to work a flexible schedule, working when they want. Self-employed barbers also work in a variety of different environments, with options to:
- Rent spaces in established businesses such as resorts, spas, hotels, and salons
- Provide personal barbering services for big-name celebrities
- Run their own business
- Travel and freelance
Self-employed barbers typically have to provide their own products and equipment, as well as manage their own taxes and provide their own benefits like insurance and retirement plans. Working for yourself is hard work, but has enormous potential to bring great financial reward.
Thinking of becoming a certified barber?
Barbering goes beyond the daily grind of the every day for a stable income. There are some really great opportunities! Being in a global industry, you would be able to work anywhere in the world, variety will be part of your everyday as you offer your services to all kinds of people and cultures.
To become a certified barber, you must undergo industry required training . Why not do it with us? We offer a fully accredited course for Certificate III in Barbering at Demi International, equipped with the best resources and instructors to set off your career with a bang! Call us to find out more.