Occupation Summary


O*NET 39-5011.00


Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair; trimming beards; or giving shaves.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 24.75%.
Education Level:
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

  1. Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.
  2. Cut and trim hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.
  3. Drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders.
  4. Question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.
  5. Clean work stations and sweep floors.
  6. Record services provided on cashiers' tickets or receive payment from customers.
  7. Order supplies.
  8. Shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.
  9. Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
  10. Suggest treatments to alleviate hair problems.
  11. Shampoo hair.
  12. Keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit.
  13. Perform clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel.
  14. Curl, color, or straighten hair, using special chemical solutions and equipment.
  15. Apply lather and shave beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors.
  16. Measure, fit, and groom hairpieces.
  17. Recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies.
  18. Provide face, neck, and scalp massages.
  19. Provide skin care and nail treatments.
  20. Identify hair problems, using microscopes and testing devices, or by sending clients' hair samples out to independent laboratories for analysis.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Barbers employed Annual Growth Rate
Personal care services 30.1 2.76

Labor Market Information

2022 Statewide average hourly wage $17.95
2022 National average hourly wage $18.92
2020 National employment 53,000
2020 Texas employment 7,767
Texas projected employment by 2030 9,689
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030 1,024

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Finger Dexterity
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Selective Attention
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Control Precision
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
    -- Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Thinking Creatively
    -- Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Performing General Physical Activities
    -- Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
    -- Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Other Activities

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

No certifications found.


Barber and salon hair cutting gown or cape: Protective capes;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Domestic hair dryers: Handheld blow dryers;

Electric hair clipper: Handheld electric hair clippers; Facial hair trimmers;

Hair combs or brushes: Rat tail combs; Round brushes; Hot air brushes; Hair styling combs; Vent brushes;

Hair or curling iron: Curling irons; Straightening irons;

Hair scissors: Barber scissors; Straight-bladed scissors; Thinning shears;

Hand sprayers: Spray bottles;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Razors: Electric shavers; Straight razors;

Sharpening stones or tools or kits: Whet stones; Strops;

Shaving brushes: Shaving brushes;

Soap dispenser: Latherizing machines;

Swiveling barber chair: Adjustable barber chairs;

Tweezers: Pointed tweezers;


Calendar and scheduling software: Appointment scheduling software;

Data base user interface and query software: Customer information databases;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Operating system software: Microsoft Windows; Linux;

Point of sale POS software: Point of sale POS payment software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Video creation and editing software: YouTube;

Web page creation and editing software: Facebook;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Barbers include:
  • 39-1022.00 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
  • 39-5012.00 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
  • 39-5091.00 Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
  • 39-5092.00 Manicurists and Pedicurists
  • 51-6051.00 Sewers, Hand
  • 39-5093.00 Shampooers
  • 51-6041.00 Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
  • 39-5094.00 Skincare Specialists
  • 11-9179.02 Spa Managers
  • 51-6052.00 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, including education and training, visit: American Association of Cosmetology Schools
  • Beauty Schools Directory
  • National Association of Barber Boards of America
  • For information about state licensing, practice exams, and other professional links, visit: National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology
  • Professional Beauty Association
  • Barbers
  • Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.