What Does a Barber Do?

Barbering is a rewarding profession in which 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


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


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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