Barbers are individuals who work primarily with mens hair and grooming needs. They cut and style hair, color it, fit hairpieces, and shave, style, and cut facial hair. Barbering activities happen most often in barber shops located in cities and towns all over the country. But there are other places that barbers work. Some barbers work in beauty salons, others in hotels and spas, and still others in special settings such as hospitals and nursing homes, prisons, and other locations.
If you enjoy helping people to look and feel attractive and well groomed, and you enjoy being with people and talking with them about a wide range of subjects, barbering in the state of Iowa might be a good choice of career for you!
To practice barbering in Iowa requires that you pass a licensing exam given by the Iowa Board of Cosmetology. You must complete 1650 hours of study at an accredited school, either a school of cosmetology or a school of barbering. The exam consists of a theoretical (written) part and a practical (skills) part. Once you have passed the exam and paid the required fee, you will receive your license. The license must be renewed every two years, and you will need to complete eight continuing education credits to be eligible for renewal. Taking continuing education courses, however, will help you stay current in the field and will help make your career a success.
There are several schools in the state of Iowa that have programs in barbering. The curriculum offered includes hair cutting and styling, laws and regulations governing barbering in Iowa, sanitation and sterilization techniques and regulations, fitting hair pieces, styling and trimming beards and moustaches, and techniques and tools for shaving. You may also take courses in health and safety.
Iowa licenses expire every two years, and must be renewed by April 1 of even-numbered years. The fee to renew your license is $60. Barbers only have to complete 4 hours of continuing education during each renewal period.
The average yearly salary earned by barbers in the state of Iowa in 2013 was $27,400, the most recent year for which such statistics were reported according to O*Net, The outlook for growth in the barbering profession is expected to be between 8% and 14% between 2012 and 2022, meaning that new people entering the profession should have a reasonable time finding jobs.
Working as a barber can be a very pleasant way to spend a workday. You see many clients each day, some by appointment, others who walk in. Being a good listener is an important skill for a barber. Most clients like to chat about all types of subjects while they are having their hair cut or styled. Most barbers work full-time, although part-time work is also possible. You should be able to have at least some control over your schedule, although you will need to make yourself available during the hours that your clients are available to come in, which may mean working some weekends and evenings.
Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: 515-281-0254
Fax Number: 515-281-3121
The Iowa State Board of Cosmetology can help you with any additional questions you may have about the licensing process.
By some official accounts, being a barber in Iowa means being part of an
expanding workforce and small business market. With that future in mind,
many take advantage of these resources to get their careers started.
Iowa Department Of Public Health
Iowa Application For Barbering
Iowa Board Of Barbering Theory Examination