Trades & Services
Barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
Apprenticeship or traineeship
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Barber do?
Barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves. Barbers may also be known as hairdressers or hair stylists.
As a barber, you would:
- cut and trim hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors
- drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders
- question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles
- clean work stations and sweep floors
- clean and sterilise scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments
- record services provided and receive payment from customers.
Key skills and interests
To become a barber, you would need:
- no allergies to hair products
- a pleasant personality
- good communication skills
- able to work under pressure
- good hand-eye coordination
- some creative flair
- attention to detail.
Working hours and conditions
Many barbers work part time, and nearly half of all barbers and hairdressers are self-employed.
Barbers and hairdressers work mostly in barbershops or hairdressing salons. Physical stamina is important, because you would be on your feet for most of your shift.
Barbers and hairdressers have a high level of public contact, so you would need to be well presented.
How to become an Barber?
Entry Level Education
To become a barber or hairdresser you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in hairdressing. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent. You can also become a hairdresser by completing a VET qualification in hairdressing.
Overall employment of barbers and hairdressers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.
The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair-care services.
Demand for advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue, and lead to demand for barbers and hairdressers.