Job prospects Hairstylist Apprentice in Prince Edward Island

Job opportunities for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) are fair in Prince Edward Island 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 Prince Edward Island

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) in Prince Edward Island 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

Job opportunities for hairstylists and barbers are dependent on population growth, but more so, are highly sensitive to consumer discretionary spending. Household spending on personal grooming services which includes barbering, hairstyling and other aesthetic services has softened slightly in recent years and this may affect the volume of business conducted by these workers.

Individuals willing to work long and varying shifts may have an advantage in securing employment. For example, hairstylists may need to work early shifts on weekends preparing clients for special events. Some clients may also prefer or need home visits, including seniors in assisted living residences, therefore 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.

Many workers leave this occupation after a few years, mainly because of poor working conditions: low income, evening and weekend work, heavy competition from home workers and so on.

Employment changes in this occupation depend, for the most part, on the economic situation and demographic factors. Hairstylists and barbers interested in establishing their own business may wish to explore appropriate investment opportunities.

Here are some key facts about Hairstylists and barbers in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 500 people work in this occupation.
  • Hairstylists and barbers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other services (except public administration) (NAICS 81):more than 95%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 78% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 22% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 73% of hairstylists and barbers work all year, while 27% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 38 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • 51% of hairstylists and barbers are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
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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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