Job prospects Hairstylist Apprentice in Ontario

Job opportunities for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) are fair in Ontario 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 Ontario

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Prospects over the next 3 years

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.

Almost all hairstylists and barbers work in the personal care services industry, which includes barber shops, beauty salons and unisex hair salons. Barber shops account for the smallest share of businesses in this industry which is likely because they tend to offer a specialized service geared towards males.

Job opportunities for hairstylists and barbers are dependent on population growth and on consumer spending trends. Many regions of the province are experiencing a fast increase in the population, however the general softening in household spending on personal grooming services in recent years, may affect the volume of business conducted by some of these workers.

Nearly 40 percent of Ontario's hairstylists and barbers are self-employed. Many individuals in this group rent chairs in barber shops and salons. These establishments tend to be smaller, with less than 10 employees. Some owners and operators of these types of businesses prefer to hire people who are experienced and who can bring an established clientele with them. In some instances, salaries are based on commission. Other hairstylists and barbers may choose to work out of their own homes, in accordance with specific municipal regulations.

Hairstylists is a compulsory skilled trade in Ontario, therefore individuals must be registered with the Ontario College of Trades to work in this occupation. New apprentices will need to undergo both a written examination and practical assessment in order to obtain certification as a hairstylist as of January 1, 2019.

Generally, the entry requirements for hairstylists and barbers are relatively low, which opens this group to a large pool of workers and a fair amount of competition for clients in some areas. As a result of these factors and the large size of the existing workforce, worker turnover is expected to be a significant source of job openings.

Individuals who are willing to work long hours and varying shifts may have an advantage in securing employment, as work is based on client availability. Some clients may also prefer or need home visits, such as seniors in assisted living residences, so flexibility is an asset. Hairstylists and barbers can increase their client base by keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and by using social media tools for self-marketing.

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

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