According to the BLS the average salary for a cosmetologist is $27,940. The industry is expected to grow at a rate of 13% over the next 8 years. Manicurists however are expected to increase by 16%.
Nationwide there are over 447,000 employed in a cosmetology related field. Many work in hair salons as independent contractors where they have and maintain their own clients. Being cosmetologists is a great way to own your own business and set your own work schedule. Since the majority of cosmetologists rent out spaces at salons and handle their own client lists.
During your training most cosmetology schools offer specialized programs that include manicuring and even facials. Most programs cover hair coloring, estheticians and normal hair cutting techniques. It is important to also find schools that offer courses in management and marketing as part of your curriculum. Once you graduate you’ll need experience in these areas in order to attract clients.
Skills and Training
Some of the different more advanced techniques including exfoliation, cleansing, dermal fillers and even peels. These types of procedures often require additional training so make sure to check with the school first to see what is included in with your tuition amount.
Enrolling in a cosmetology school is easy and most do not require any more than a high school diploma or GED. Many offer financial aid or scholarships that will help with your tuition cost so you can focus on your training instead of paying back your loan while in school. Financial aid is available to those who qualify so talk to a school representative today to learn more.
When you attend school most programs will be between 10-12 months and range between $9,000 and $18,000. During your training you’ll learn about: hair styling, color treatments, ethics and safety, skincare products and even business management. The goal is to have you fully trained so that after you graduate you’ll not only know how to style hair but run and manage your own business.
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