Job prospects Hairstylist Apprentice in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) are fair in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a hairstylist apprentice.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

There is steady demand for hairstylists. The rate of turnover is high due to relatively low wages, especially among those with less experience. Jobseekers may be able to pursue different options for compensation depending on experience, including wage- or commission-based employment, chair rental, or self-employment. Prospects for employment may be better in rural areas where positions sometimes remain vacant for long periods. In the long-term, wages and job prospects can be improved by building and maintaining a large client base.

Here are some key facts about Hairstylists and barbers in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 3,050 people work in this occupation.
  • Hairstylists and barbers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Personal and laundry services (NAICS 812):more than 95%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 72% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 28% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 72% of hairstylists and barbers work all year, while 28% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 37 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 45% of hairstylists and barbers are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Fair Fair
    Cape Breton Region Fair Fair
    Halifax Region Fair Fair
    North Shore Region Fair Fair
    Southern Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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