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

A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and the majority of workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification.

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

Job Titles

  • Hairdresser
  • Hairdresser

    Specialisations: Barber

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $800 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    61400
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    14.4%
  • Female Share

    85.6%
  • Full-Time Share

    55.3%

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This is a very large occupation employing 61,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Hairdressers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Other Services.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.7 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $800 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 33 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

There have been shortages of Hairdressers for a number of years. In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Hairdressers. Employers generally required applicants to have completed an apprenticeship and have experience in all aspects of hairdressing. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200553900
200654100
200758900
200855500
200952300
201052100
201154100
201261800
201354100
201461800
201561400
202067200

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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.
EarningsHairdressersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8001230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryHairdressersAll Jobs Average
Full-time55.368.4
Part-time44.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.740

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services99.6
Education and Training0.3
Arts and Recreation Services0.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHairdressersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.231.8
VIC24.725.5
QLD24.219.8
SA8.56.8
WA10.611.2
TAS2.22
NT11.1
ACT1.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHairdressersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.7-5.45.4
20-2419.2-9.99.9
25-3425.8-23.423.4
35-4418.1-21.721.7
45-5417.2-21.121.1
55-594.9-8.78.7
60-644.2-5.95.9
65 and Over2.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryHairdressersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males14.4Males53.6
Females85.6Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHairdressersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.4-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV73.9-18.918.9
Year 127.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 107.2-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and the majority of workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

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

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    89% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Sales and Marketing

    73% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Administration and Management

    60% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Education and Training

    59% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. English Language

    57% Important

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

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    85% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  2. Selling or Influencing Others

    80% Important

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    80% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Assisting and Caring for Others

    79% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    78% Important

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

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