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

  • $800 Weekly Pay
  • 54,400 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 56.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.4 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 83.9% female Gender Share

The number of Hairdressers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 54,400 in 2017 to 58,200 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 28,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Hairdressers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (56.7%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25.6%).
  • Gender: 83.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200754700
200860500
200954100
201051600
201147400
201264200
201357900
201456500
201563700
201662400
201754400
202258200

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services98.6
Health Care and Social Assistance0.5
Accommodation and Food Services0.4
Education and Training0.3
Other Industries0.2

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 2017, 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
NSW27.631.6
VIC24.626.2
QLD21.619.7
SA7.66.7
WA14.010.8
TAS2.72.0
NT0.61.1
ACT1.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-198.6-5.25.2
20-2417.0-9.99.9
25-3424.2-23.623.6
35-4422.3-21.721.7
45-5417.2-20.820.8
55-596.5-8.88.8
60-642.3-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Hairdressing and Beauty VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-5012.00 - Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists.

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Activities

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

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-5012.00 - Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists.

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