It is the most popular job in America, according to a new survey.
But for many, the job is no longer as glamorous as it once was.
The number of manicure salons has plunged in recent years.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, fewer than 10% of people who want to get their nails professionally manicured will get their manicure.
And some salon owners are blaming that decline on a lack of new graduates.
They say the shortage of young professionals is having a negative impact on the industry.
According the National Association of Private Dental Students, the industry lost almost 10,000 salons from 2010-2014.
The number of students who graduated in 2015 dropped by 4,000.
The shortage of graduates also has led to fewer salons offering high-quality, state-of-the-art treatments and services, said Sarah Jarrell, associate professor of dental hygiene and oral medicine at the University of Miami School of Dentistry.
“We are in a time when a lot of people want to have high-end treatments and we’re losing people who are doing it for fun and not because they are trying to make a buck,” she said.
“There is a growing need for the profession.
And we need to do a better job of educating people about what a manicure is and how to properly perform it,” Jarrell said.
She said some people may not realize that they are supposed to perform the manicure before the nail polish is applied.
“People might think that they’re doing the nails after the manicures,” she explained.
“But they’re not.
You’re supposed to do the manicuring after you apply the polish.”
Jarrell said people who work in the industry are also starting to look at their own health.
“If they’ve got a health condition, or they’re in pain, it could be very dangerous to be working at a salon.
They’re not trained to handle this sort of thing.
You have to be trained and be responsible,” she added.
Jarrell added that the profession is still popular because of its “fun” appeal.
“The beauty industry is such a huge industry and we love to see it get bigger and bigger and so people will flock to it and it will continue to grow,” she concluded.