About the Program

The Barbering/Stylist program is a 12-month program of study designed to prepare an individual to become a licensed barber. Stu-dents learn skills and techniques of cutting, styling, shaving, coloring and lightening of the hair. Instruction also includes hygiene, safety, pathology of the skin, scalp and hair disorders, and equipment sterilization. The curriculum includes the study of sales, business management, law, and customer relationships.

The curriculum is designed to comply with the standards of the Mississippi State Board of Barber Examiners and consists of a minimum of 1500 contact hours of study. Students that successfully complete the program requirements will earn a Certificate of Proficiency. Graduates will be qualified to take the State Barber Board Certification Examination to become a licensed barber in the state of Mississippi.

Enrollment is open in the fall semester only. A new class is admitted each August with graduation taking place the following July. Selection for admission into the Barbering/Stylist Program is based on the date of application, TABE score, and slot availability.

Career Opportunities in the Field

Overall employment of barbers is projected to grow through 2014 because of an increasing population, rising incomes and growing demand for personal appearance services. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Handbook, median annual earnings in May 2004 for barbers were $21,200 with salaries ranging from $12, 950 to $43,170.