The venerable small business trade of the barbershop is changing. Over the last 30 years the number of barbershops in the United States were in a long decline. However, since 2001 the industry has been making a slow resurgence and the number of new Barbershops are on the rise.

How have they managed to turn the industry decline around? By reinventing themselves by offering services that appeal to what consumers want today.

Since 2001, barbers have been making a slow resurgence, and the U.S. Department of Labor expects the number of barbers to grow 9 percent by 2014. That’s lower than the average 28 percent expected for all personal care services, but it represents a significant turnaround in a trade that had been on a decades-long decline.”

This is an admirable story about how to reinvigorate an aging industry when consumer tastes change.

Employment of barbers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, change in consumer demands and service which will lead to greater demand for basic hair-care services.

Western Barber Institute understands this trend and is reacting by instructing their students to enable them to provide the right techniques, skills and tools to be successful in this growing career.  There is a strong demand for well trained barbers and Western Barber Institute is the place to get the knowledge and skills to enable students to enter into this new career opportunity.