Barber  What They Do

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Barbers Career Video



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

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Cleans and sterilizes scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.
  • Drapes and pins protective cloths around customers' shoulders.
  • Cuts and trims hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.
  • Questions patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.
  • Cleans work stations and sweeps floors.
  • Applies lather and shaves beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors.
  • Records services provided on cashiers' tickets or receives payment from customers.
  • Shapes and trims beards and moustaches, using scissors.
  • Performs clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel.
  • Stays informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Barber Shop Operator --
  • Master Barber --
  • Stylist --