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Careers In Barbering

Vocational Objective

Bladensburg Barber School offers a comprehensive Barbering program that prepares students for licensing by the Maryland State Board of Barbers.  Students successfully completing the program will be qualified to take the licensing exam and assume positions as professional barbers.

Occupational Outlook

Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair, mostly for male clients.  They also may fit hairpieces, perform facials, and offer facial shaving.  Depending on the state in which they work, some barbers are licensed to color, bleach, and highlight hair and to offer permanent-wave services.  Common tools include combs, scissors, straight razors, and clippers.

Employment of barbers is projected to increase by 7 percent from 2019 to 2029.  The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair care services.  In addition, demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.

Overall job opportunities are expected to be good.  Many job openings will stem from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the occupation for other reasons.  In a May 2019 report of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland was the top paying state for the Barbering occupation.

[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairstylists-and-cosmetologists.htm (visited October 22, 2020).