Barbers typically provide hair care services to male clients including cutting, shampooing, colouring and styling hair, and shaving and cutting beards and moustaches. They may also recommend and sell a range of grooming products to customers.

Duties and tasks

  • Book appointments, answer phone queries and maintain client records
  • Cash handling
  • Consult with clients and discuss their individual requirements
  • Cut, shampoo, rinse and style hair
  • Maintain clean premises
  • Provide high levels of client service
  • Sell products
  • Shave and cut beards and moustaches
  • Use a range of tools such as clippers, scissors and razors

Skills required

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Attention to Detail
  • Creative Flair
  • Good Dexterity
  • Good Interpersonal and Relationship Building Skills
  • Neat and Tidy Appearance

Working conditions

Barbers usually work Monday through to Friday, some Saturdays and evenings. They are required to spend long periods of time on their feet.

Professional associations / Industry information

Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Association VIC

Professional Hairdressers Association 

Service Skills Australia 

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