Don’t Barbers Just Do Fades?
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
Not only did the hair industry provide much needed job growth during the sluggish last decade, it is poised to post steady growth well into the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of personal appearance jobs is projected to jump 31 percent between 2008 and 2018, nearly three times the rate of growth of total U.S. employment (11 percent) during the same period.
All of the major personal appearance occupations are projected to post job growth stronger than the overall economy between 2008 and 2018. The number of skin care specialist jobs is projected to jump 51 percent, while barber, hairdresser, hairstylist and cosmetologist positions are expected to increase by 31 percent.
LEARN IT ALL, DO IT ALL
You can be a Barber and still do long hair. A Barber learns how to do everything hair related, just like a Cosmetologist, a Barber just skips the nail part that is taught in Cosmetology school. Barbers learn how to do it all but a lot of barbers choose not to use these other aspects of their licenses and focus on doing more guests rather than charging more money.
HOW MUCH IS YOUR TIME WORTH
The average professional in our industry makes $28,000 per year ($560 per week) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and they probably do that by just sitting around waiting for walk-ins. An above average barber can make $34,000 ($680 per week) a year doing just short hair and fades with a good reputation and some referrals. A barber who does short hair and long hair as well as some color can easily make $70,000 ($1,400 per week) a year in the exact same amount of time raising your reputation and demand and lowering the wear and tear on your body.