Cuts, styles, colours, straightens and permanently waves hair, and treats hair and scalp conditions.
Training time 16 weeks - 3 years
Average pay $32,863
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 15,800

What does a Hairdresser do?

  • providing advice on hair care, beauty products and hairstyles
  • shampooing hair and conditioning scalps
  • colouring, straightening and permanently waving hair with chemical solutions
  • cutting hair with scissors, clippers and razors
  • styling hair into dreadlocks and braids and adding hair extensions
  • shaving and trimming beards and moustaches
  • cleaning work areas and sanitising instruments
  • arranging appointments and collecting payments


  • Barber

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate II in Salon Assistant
Certificate III in Barbering
Certificate III in Hairdressing
Certificate IV in Hairdressing
Diploma of Salon Management