Beauty School Programs

Work towards beauty careers by going to beauty school! The world of beauty is a $56 billion industry and growing! By attending a good cosmetology college, you will be prepared for a variety of career opportunities. Request free information from these schools or find Beauty Colleges in your area using the search tools below. There are over 300,000 beauty salons and spas in the United States, not to mention other areas you can work in for example in the TV and movie industry working with celebrities, the bridal industry, and self-employment. If you are creative, you can enjoy a rewarding career with increased earning potential and the ability to work flexible hours. Beauty and Cosmetology Colleges cover a wide range of programs including hair design, barbering, shampooing and styling, as well as skin care and manicure and pedicure training. In licensed beauty school training programs, both the theory and practical elements are covered including hygiene, anatomy and physiology, as well as state laws that govern working with clients.

Cosmetology Education and Training

After you have mastered the basics of cosmetology, you set yourself apart from the rest by specializing in one area. For example, if you are a nail technician, you can also venture into becoming a makeup artist. Courses in cosmetology college may include:

  • Sanitation and Sterilization
  • Chemical Waving, Relaxing and Straightening
  • Hair Coloring and Styling
  • Hair Removal
  • Manicure, Pedicure and Nail Extensions
  • Hygiene Factors
  • Facial Treatment
  • Customer Services
  • State Law
  • Salon Business

If you are a makeup artist you can learn more about hair styling. Most states require professionals to be at least 18 years of age, have completed training at an accredited college and be licensed. There are many career options to choose from.

All states in the United States have mandatory requirements for barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. While the minimum credentials for attaining a license vary by state, applicants must generally have a high school diploma or equivalent (for example GED), be at least 16 years old, and have graduated from a state-licensed cosmetology school. After graduating from beauty school, students take a state licensing exam which may include a written test, practical, or oral exam depending on the state (United States Bureau of Labor Statistics – BLS).

Beauty and Cosmetology Careers

Careers for graduates of beauty school include the following:

    • Cosmetology
    • Esthetics/ skin care
    • Nail technology
    • Barbering
    • Make-up artist training
    • Electrology
    • Laser training
    • Permanent make-up
    • Massage therapy
    • Spa therapy
    • Hair design

In general, beauty professions may be asked to:

      • Clean and sanitize tools and work stations
      • Cut, trim, dry, and style hair
      • Recommend treatment and styling options
      • Wash, color, and condition hair
      • Do manicures and pedicures
      • Process transactions from clients

Estimated Income and Projected Career Outlook

Some beauticians manage salons while other open their own small business. Still, others or become sales representatives or image consultants or they can also become teachers at barbering and cosmetology schools. As of 2010, the BLS reported the following median hourly wages levels:

      • $11.45 for barbers
      • $10.94 for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
      • $8.78 for shampooers

People who graduate from beauty school can expect the overall employment of barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers to increase slightly faster than the average for other occupations over the next few years. The BLS reports that the overall employment for cosmetologists, shampooers, barbers, and hairdressers between 2010 and 2020 is expected to grow 14%

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