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Manicurists and Pedicurists - 39-5092.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Manicurist
  • Nail Technician (Nail Tech)
  • Pedicurist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise clients on nail care and use of products and colors.
  • Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
  • Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin, and massage hands.
  • Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
  • Decorate clients' nails by piercing or attaching ornaments or designs.
  • Extend nails using powder, solvent, and paper forms attached to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails.
  • Maintain supply inventories and records of client services.
  • Polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer.
  • Prepare customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.
  • Prepare nail cuticles with water and oil, using cuticle knives to push back cuticles and scissors or nippers to trim cuticles.
  • Promote and sell nail care products.
  • Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs.
  • Roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel.
  • Schedule client appointments and accept payments.
  • Shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards.
  • Treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping.
  • Use rotary abrasive wheels to shape and smooth nails or artificial extensions.
  • Whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencils.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer therapeutic massages.
  • Assess skin or hair conditions.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Maintain supply or equipment inventories.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Barber (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Manicurist

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fingernail Former
  • Manicurist