What Does a Barber Do?

Barbering is a rewarding profession where you can help others feel and look good. If you enjoy socializing and being creative barbering is a good choice for a career. Barbers work in shops to cut, style, and color hair, shave and maintain grooming for men. The barber is knowledgeable about tools of the trade (scissors, razors, and combs), products for hair, grooming, shaving, and the safety and sanitation requirements of the barbershop.


  • A high school degree may be required depending on the state
  • Barbering license is required
  • Professional training or apprenticeship/internship is helpful

Trade Schools for Barbering

Online training is available in this field. Most schools prefer on-campus attendance due to the nature of this “hands-on” profession. Click here for a list of barbering schools by state.

Regional Accredited Schools



It is traditional for a barber to earn cash tips, which supplements income.

Salary and Outlook

Salaries in the field of barbering vary due to experience and location. Growth in the profession is expected to rise 8% from 2018 to 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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