Barber  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.
  • Cuts and trims hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.
  • Drapes and pins protective cloths around customers' shoulders.
  • Questions patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.
  • Cleans work stations and sweep floors.
  • Records services provided on cashiers' tickets or receives payment from customers.
  • Orders supplies.
  • Shapes and trims beards and moustaches, using scissors.
  • Stays informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
  • Suggests treatments to alleviate hair problems.

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 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

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Hairdresser -- Shampoos, cuts, colors, and styles hair.
  • Trichologist -- Treats hair and scalp disorders, commonly dealing with hair loss and scalp treatment.
  • Tonsorial Artist --