Occ. Code 5302100




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




            Barbers provide standard barbering and hair grooming services such as cutting, styling, washing and combing hair, shaving or trimming beards and moustaches and massaging scalps to residents and patients of State facilities.


            Positions in this class are located in the Office of Mental Health and Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.




            A Barber may work alone or as a member of a group in providing a full range of haircutting, shaving and hair washing services usually for male residents of State facilities.  A Barber typically uses standard barbering instruments such as scissors, razors, hand and electric hair clippers, and soaps, rinses, lotions and towels.  However, there are occasions in working on a resident with a head deformity or a severe emotional disorder when a Barber must vary from standard techniques and procedures to accommodate  the situation.


            This class is distinguished from the Beautician class in that the latter performs a variety of tasks in providing beauty treatments and haircutting and dressing services for female residents of State facilities.


            In the Department of Correctional Services, Vocational Instructors provide a full course of practical and classroom instruction in barbering to inmates.  Within this framework they guide and control the barbering activities of a group of inmates and periodically perform typical barbering tasks.




Using such equipment as scissors, combs, hand or machine clippers, cuts resident’s hair in accordance with the wishes of the patient, the general style standards prescribed or the condition and contour of the patient’s scalp.


-          Drapes a linen or plastic sheet over patient to prevent soiling of resident’s clothes.


-          Using scissors, cuts scalp hair to appropriate length and may trim eyebrows, nose hair, ear hair, and any other facial hair in need of trimming.


-          Using hand scissors or machine clippers, trims hair including full and partial beards and moustaches as closely and neatly as possible to conform to the desired style.


-          Combs hair neatly in place before and after cutting hair.


-          May trim loose strands of hair with scissors.


-          Applies soap lather to sideburns and back of neck to provide moisture preparatory to shaving.


-          Shaves sideburns and back of neck along the hair contour with a hand razor to give a neat, trim appearance.


-          Brushes and wipes loose hair from the clothing or person of the resident and may apply lotion or powder to face, neck and hair.


-          May instruct residents as to the proper techniques of combing and grooming the hair.


-          May shampoo and rinse resident’s hair.


Performs shaving tasks which require the continuous use of the hands and fingers while standing.


-          Lathers face of resident with brush or from machine lather dispenser.


-          Using a straight razor shaves off facial hair giving careful attention to any moustache, sideburns or partial beards worn by patients.


-          Using a face towel cleans and dries face of resident.


-          Applies aftershave lotion, talc and septic powder as necessary to resident’s face.


-          May instruct residents in proper shaving techniques.


Maintains cleanliness of barbershop and equipment.


-          Dusts barber chair and working shelf area.


-          Sweeps up hair clippings and places them in a waste receptacle.


-          Cleans and sterilizes all instruments used in cutting hair and shaving.


Maintains equipment in working order.


-          Sharpens razors and other cutting blades using leather straps and whetstones.


-          Lubricates and makes minor repairs to hand and machine haircutting tools using a few simple hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, files and brushes.


Orders supplies used in the barber shop.


-          Inventories stock and estimates barber shop need on a six-month basis.


-          Orders supplies by requisition from either the lead barber or business office.


-          Upon receipt of supplies, stocks and stores them in the barber shop.


Keeps all residents under close observation while in the barber shop and records observations when necessary.


-          May write observation notes on resident behavior for referral to appropriate clinical staff.


-          Notes particularly the actions and reactions of suicidal and homicidal residents.


Keeps a running tally count of haircuts and shaves given on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.


May instruct and supervise apprentice barbers.




            While the actual tasks performed by a Barber are thing-oriented there is constant oral communication between the resident and the Barber.  This communication may at times be of an instructive nature but is generally casual and designed to make the resident feel comfortable.


            Oral and written communication with clinical personnel is occasional and is designed to report observations made on residents’ actions and reactions while in the barber shop.




            Barber is not a supervisory class.  However, there are situations in which an incumbent will be designated as a “lead” barber of a small group and as such performs some tasks associated with scheduling, approving leave time and ordering supplies.


            Although a barber usually performs the tasks independently, the efficiency and quality of their performance in measured by adherence to a work schedule and the appearance of their clientele.




-          Working knowledge of haircutting and shaving techniques.


-          Working knowledge of proper sanitary barbershop procedures.


-          Working knowledge of the use and repair of tools and equipment used in the barbering trade.


-          Ability to stand on feet for a long period of time.


-          Ability to communicate orally and in writing for the purpose of exchanging information and making people feel at ease.


-          Ability to establish rapport with clientele to make them feel at ease.


-          Ability to coordinate eye, hand and finger movement.




            Completion of either a course in a standard barber college or an apprenticeship in the barber trade.



Reviewed:  5/04


NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.   Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.