Hairstylists and Barbers

(NOC 6341)

in All Sales and Service

Hairstylists and barbers cut and style hair and perform related services. They are employed in hairstyling or hairdressing salons, barber shops, vocational schools, health care establishments and theatre, film and television establishments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 55 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 5260 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Hairstylists and Barbers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 55% of Hairstylists and Barbers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $19,936. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$13.50

Median

$26.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,126

Minimum

$15,701

Median

$32,557

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$10.70

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$21.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Hairstylists and barbers cut and style hair and perform related services. They are employed in hairstyling or hairdressing salons, barber shops, vocational schools, health care establishments and theatre, film and television establishments.

Job duties

Hairstylists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Suggest hair style compatible with client's physical features or determine style from client's instructions and preferences.
  • Cut, trim, taper, curl, wave, perm and style hair.
  • Apply bleach, tints, dyes or rinses to colour, frost or streak hair.
  • Analyze hair and scalp condition and provide basic treatment or advice on beauty care treatments for scalp and hair.
  • Clean and style wigs and hair pieces.
  • Apply hair extensions.
  • May shampoo and rinse hair.
  • May perform receptionist duties and order supplies.
  • May judge in competitions.
  • May train or supervise other hairstylists, hairstylist apprentices and helpers.

Barbers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Cut and trim hair according to client's instructions or preferences.
  • Shave and trim beards and moustaches.
  • May shampoo hair and provide other hair treatment, such as waving, straightening and tinting and may also provide scalp conditioning massages.
  • May book appointments and order supplies.
  • May train and supervise other barbers and barber apprentices.

Sample job titles

  • barber
  • beauty salon operator
  • hair colour technician
  • hair-care specialist
  • hairdresser
  • hairstyling specialist
  • hairstylist
  • hairstylist apprentice
  • wig stylist

Skills

For this work, you must have good manual dexterity, imagination, and creativity. Good communication, organization, and interpersonal skills are definite assets. You should be tactful, patient, and able to follow directions closely. You must be in good health. Business skills are a definite asset.

Job requirements

Hairstylists

  • Some high school education is required.
  • 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.
  • Several years of experience may replace formal education and training.
  • Employers may require applicants to provide a hairstyling demonstration before being hired.
  • Trade certification for hairstylists is compulsory in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified hairstylists upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Barbers

  • Some high school education is required.
  • Completion of a two-year apprenticeship or other barber program is usually required.
  • On-the-job training may be substituted for formal education.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to barbers, as qualified hairstylists, upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Self-employment is common for these jobs. Earnings for people in these jobs are often supplemented by tips or gratuities. Therefore, an individual's income will likely depend upon their ability to attract and retain a group of clients. This work usually occurs in clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and comfortable temperatures. The work can be tiring and physically demanding. Hairdressers and barbers must be on their feet for long periods of time. This work is often carried out during evenings and weekends, when salons are busiest.

By the numbers

Quick look

3,040

employed in 2016

71.0%

employed full-time

45.7%

self employed

86.8%
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13.2%
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44.4

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

6.2%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

45.3%

Halifax

16.5%

Northern

15.0%

Southern

13.2%

Cape Breton

10.1%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

98.4%

Other Services

0.3%

Information, Culture & Recreation

0.3%

Accommodation and Food Services

0.3%

Other Professional Services

0.3%

Educational Services

What is the age of Employment?

29.1%

25-34

24.2%

45-54

21.7%

35-44

13.1%

15-24

8.0%

55-64

4.3%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

35.7%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

21.4%

55-64

Top levels of education

52.4%

Trades certificate

$16,061 median annual income
38.8%

College certificate or diploma

$16,181 median annual income
3.0%

High school

$14,789 median annual income
2.6%

Bachelor's degree

$23,069 median annual income
1.8%

University certificate or diploma

$14,334 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

40.4%

High school

$12,982 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$19,514 median annual income
18.8%

Less than high school

$9,486 median annual income
10.0%

Bachelor's degree

$20,807 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$18,797 median annual income

Education & training

Barbering/barber

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to shave and trim facial/neck hair and beards, cut and dress hair, fit hairpieces, give facial and scalp massages, apply cosmetic treatments, and to prepare for licensure as professional barbers at various levels. These programs include courses in facial shaving; beard and moustache shaping and trimming; shampooing; hair cutting; hair styles and styling art; facial treatments and massage; chemical applications; hair and scalp anatomy and physiology; hairpiece and toupee fitting; equipment operation; health and safety; customer service; and shop business practices.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Cosmetology/cosmetologist - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to cut, trim, style, or remove scalp, facial, and body hair; apply cosmetic preparations; perform manicures and pedicures; massage the head and extremities; and prepare for practice as licensed cosmetologists in specialized or full-service salons. These programs include courses in hair cutting and styling, manicuring, pedicuring, facial treatments, shampooing, chemical applications, esthetics, shop management, sanitation and safety, customer service, and applicable professional and labour laws and regulations.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton Business College

315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier

Sydney, NS B1N 3B1

(902) 564-2222

Hair Masters

26 Archibald Avenue

North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3

(902) 794-2460

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Victoria Court Career College

14 Court Street, Suite 101

Truro, NS B2N 3H7

(902) 843-3868

Hair styling/stylist and hair design

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to shampoo, cut, style, set, and dress the scalp hair of women and/or men, braid hair, apply hair cosmetics and wigs, and prepare for licensure as professional cosmetologists, hairdressers, and barbers at various levels. These programs include courses in hair design theory and concepts, hair cleaning and shampooing, hair colouring, chemical applications and permanent reconstructions, hair anatomy and physiology, scalp diseases and treatments, wig and hairpiece fitting, hair braiding, customer service, shop management, equipment operation, health and safety, and applicable laws and regulations.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton Business College

315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier

Sydney, NS B1N 3B1

(902) 564-2222

Academy of Cosmetology

363 Windmill Road

Dartmouth, NS B3A 1J2

(902) 469-7788

Hair Design Centre Limited

278 Lacewood Drive

Halifax, NS B3M 3N8

(902) 455-0535

Hair Masters

26 Archibald Avenue

North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3

(902) 794-2460

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology

77 Crescent Drive, Suite 4

New Minas, NS B4N 3G7

(902) 365-3933

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Barber

Right to Title: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Registered Barbers Association
53 Albion Street
Amherst, NS B4H 2V9
(902) 667-8499
Hairstylist

Certificate of Qualification (Mandatory): This job is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Certification is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
(800) 765-8757
(902) 468-7147

Contacts

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
Tel: (800) 494-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717
Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717

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