Hairdressers

ANZSCO ID 3911

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
69,400
Future Growth
9.6%
Weekly Earnings
$1,038
Full-Time Share
51%
Female Share
85%
Average age
34

Summary

Hairdressers cut, style, colour, straighten and permanently wave hair, and treat hair and scalp conditions.

Specialisations: Barber.

A certificate III or IV in hairdressing or barbering is usually needed to work as a Hairdresser. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks

  • providing advice on hair care, beauty products and hairstyles

  • shampooing hair and conditioning scalps

  • colouring, straightening and permanently waving hair with chemical solutions

  • cutting hair with scissors, clippers and razors

  • styling hair into dreadlocks and braids and adding hair extensions

  • shaving and trimming beards and moustaches

  • cleaning work areas and sanitising instruments

  • arranging appointments and collecting payments

  • may clean, colour, cut and style wigs and hairpieces

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Interests
  • Practical
  • Administrative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:

  • is expected to grow strongly
  • is likely to reach 69,600 by 2026.

Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.

Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
9.6%
(or 6,100 jobs)
From
63,500
in 2021
To
69,600
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 54,700
2012 64,800
2013 49,100
2014 62,300
2015 61,600
2016 64,900
2017 65,600
2018 63,800
2019 68,600
2020 59,200
2021 63,500
2026 69,600

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 51% of people employed as Hairdressers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 15 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Median full-time earnings are $1,038 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):

    • 3 in 4 workers earn more than $984
    • 1 in 4 earn more than $1,178

    Median hourly earnings are $27, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Earnings Hairdressers All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 1,038 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.


Industries

Main industries

1
Other Services
98.9%
2
Retail Trade
0.6%
3
Education and Training
0.5%
4
Wholesale Trade
0.2%
  • Most Hairdressers work in the Other services industry.

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.


Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

30.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

24.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

21.4% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

10.9% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.4% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.6% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.5% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Hairdressers All Jobs Average
NSW 30.8 31.6
VIC 24.5 25.6
QLD 21.4 20.0
SA 7.9 7.0
WA 10.9 10.8
TAS 2.4 2.0
NT 0.6 1.0
ACT 1.5 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
34
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
85%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Hairdressers is 34 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 85% of the workforce. This is 37 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Hairdressers All Jobs Average
15-19 7.9 5.0
20-24 15.5 9.3
25-34 27.9 22.9
35-44 20.4 22.0
45-54 17.8 21.6
55-59 4.8 9.0
60-64 3.1 6.0
65 and Over 2.5 4.2
Median Age 34 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A certificate III or IV in hairdressing or barbering is usually needed to work as a Hairdresser. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Hairdressing and Beauty VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Hairdressers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.2 10.1
Bachelor degree 1.4 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 6.8 11.6
Certificate III/IV 77.9 21.1
Year 12 6.5 18.1
Year 11 2.2 4.8
Year 10 and below 4.9 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Hairdressers who connect with their customers, work well in a team and are well presented.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 41%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 41%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 41%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 39%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 37%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 37%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 36%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 36%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 36%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 34%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 32%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 30%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  • 30%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 30%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 29%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 27%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 25%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 23%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 16%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 64%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 34%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 31%

    English language

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

  • 29%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 27%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 23%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 23%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 23%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 21%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 20%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 20%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 20%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 19%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 19%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 18%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 17%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 13%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 13%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 12%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 11%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 50%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 50%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 48%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 45%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 45%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 45%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 45%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 43%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 43%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 43%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 43%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 41%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 39%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 39%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 38%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 38%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 34%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 34%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 32%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 73%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 67%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 54%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 52%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 50%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 49%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 47%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 46%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 46%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 43%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 43%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 42%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 39%

    Managing payments and orders

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  • 38%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 37%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 37%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 35%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 34%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 34%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 28%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 86%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 62%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 62%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 48%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 33%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 24%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 67%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 50%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 48%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 43%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 33%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 97%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 97%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 96%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 96%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 95%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 94%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 87%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 87%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 86%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 81%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 80%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 68%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 68%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 66%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 65%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  • 53%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 52%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 51%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 51%

    Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  • 49%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

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