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Occupation Description:
  Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
Career Video:
  Video Icon  Manicurists and Pedicurists
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Typical Tasks:
  • 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.
  • Use rotary abrasive wheels to shape and smooth nails or artificial extensions.
  • Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin, and massage hands.
  • 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.
  • Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
  • 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..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • 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..
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems..
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
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Education & Training:
  Post secondary vocational training
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Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $23,101.00 $11.10 $9.92 $9.87 - $11.58
Bridgeport/Stamford $22,546.00 $10.84 $9.87 $9.87 - $11.29
Danbury $21,673.00 $10.42 $10.01 $9.94 - $10.89
New Haven $23,378.00 $11.24 $9.96 $9.93 - $11.57
New London/Norwich $28,134.00 $13.53 $10.19 $10.03 - $16.77
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Occupation Outlook:
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 2,280 2,460 0.7% 36
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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