In January 2003, there were 1,604,502 professionals employed in the nation’s 312,959 beauty salons, barber shops, skin care salons, and nail salons. The typical salon is a small full service salon with 5 stations, 3 full-time professionals and 2 part-time professionals. Salon owners report an average of 155 clients per week.
There has been notable growth in the industry since 1999:
The salon industry is a job-seekers market. Some 56% of the salon owners reporting theat they had job openings. More than 572,000 open positions were filled in 2002 with both experienced salon professionals changing positions (73% of the new hires) and with inexperienced professionals with less than one year’s experience (27% of the new hires). The supply does not appear to be keeping up with demand. Approximately 3 out of every 4 salon owners who looked for new employees in 2002 reported difficulty in finding qualified personnel.
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