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This article, part of our statewise series, looks at barber schools in Virginia. It initially looks at the size and potential of the personal care services market of the state by analyzing the factors that determine them. It then looks at the potential of barbering as an occupation in Virginia. A brief account of the licensure requirements for barbers in Virginia follows this. Against this background, the final section looks at the barber schools in Virginia.
The state of Virginia, with a hoary past of battles, bloodshed and slavery has put it all behind it. It is today a developed society with a truly diversified economy which showed considerable resilience in the economic downturn. The Forbes Magazine named it the best state for business in the nation for four years in a row from 2006 through 2009. (Utah overtook Virginia in 2010). In the top 100 wealthiest counties list published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the United States based on median income in 2007, Virginia accounted for the highest number of counties. Agriculture still remains the single largest sector in the state, though its predominance has waned over the years. Other important drivers of the economy include computer hardware, consulting services and military equipment.
As of the US Census 2010, Virginia had a population of 8,001,024. This was composed of Africans (roughly 19.6%), Germans (11.7%), unspecified Americans (11.4%), English (11.1%), and Irish (9.8%).
As far as personal care services are concerned. Virginia is a growing market. It certainly doesn’t have the size and features of a mature market yet. According to the Occupational Employment Statistics published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2010, Virginia had 11,690 employed hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists suggesting a fair-sized market for these services. Experts are of the view that the ethnic composition of the population and the structural changes in the economy are positive for the state’s personal care services sector. Barbers and hairdressers form the single largest group of beauty workers and their numbers are bound to grow in the future.
Barber license in Virginia
Most beauty/personal care services are regulated in Virginia through licensing including barbering. The Board of Barbers and Cosmetology under the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation is vested with the authority of issuing barber licenses in the state. The requirements for appearing for the barber license conducted by the Board include 1500 hours of training in one of the Board-approved barber schools in Virginia (VA) or in a public school barber program approved by the State Department of Education. For additional information contact:
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Perimeter Center, Suite 400
9960 Mayland Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23233
Barber schools in Virginia (VA)
As discussed previously, the licensure norms require that applicants should have completed a 1500-hour program from one of the approved barber schools in Virginia. It is important for students to ensure that they ensure that the program they enroll in is approved either by the Board of Barbers and Cosmetology or by the State Department of Education. Below given are the barber schools in Virginia that offer approved programs as of writing this report.
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