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Manicurists and Pedicurists

Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
    • Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
    • Maintain supply inventories and records of client services.
    • Shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards.
    • Prepare nail cuticles with water and oil, using cuticle knives to push back cuticles and scissors or nippers to trim cuticles.
    • Prepare customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.
    • Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs.
    • Use rotary abrasive wheels to shape and smooth nails or artificial extensions.
    • Schedule client appointments and accept payments.
    • Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin, and massage hands.
    • Roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel.
    • Advise clients on nail care and use of products and colors.
    • Treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping.
    • Extend nails using powder, solvent, and paper forms attached to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails.
    • Polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer.
    • Whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencils.
    • Promote and sell nail care products.
    • Decorate clients' nails by piercing or attaching ornaments or designs.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 21920/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 10.54/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,070
    • Yearly Projected Openings 360

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Concern for Others
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Pedicure implements
    • Nail clippers
    • Manicure implements
    • Carts
    • Air brushes

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