Barbers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

Job Summary

Barbers, hairstylists and cosmetologists enhance customer appearance by offering hair and beauty services.


Barbers, hairstylists and cosmetologists generally carry out the following duties:

  • Cut or style hair

  • Suggest best practices for care and maintenance based on analyzing client’s hair, skin and scalp

  • Wash, color, lighten and condition hair

  • Discuss different hair styles with clients

  • Change hair texture using chemicals

  • Take payments

  • Sanitize and maintain equipment and surroundings


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Licensing is usually required in all states which can be achieved through a post-secondary vocational training school.


In order to test Barbers, hairstylists and cosmetologists effectively, employers usually administer the eye test and the customer service test and the work ethics test to asses the visual acuity, personality and the work ethics of these personnel. Lastly, the work ethics personality test which would be u used to assess an individuals work ethic and ethical code of conduct.


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Barbers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

Job Facts

2018 Median Pay
$24,830 per year, $11.94 per hour
Entry level qualification
Post secondary non degree award
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)