The Cosmetology Career

By: Bailey Nichols

What does a cosmetologist do?

  • People with cosmetology careers provide personal care services to clients to help them look and feel better. Cosmetologists can perform a variety of personal care services for clients or specialize in one discipline of cosmetology such as hair cutting and styling, skin care and makeup artistry, or manicures and pedicures.

What skills/abilities will a cosmetologist need to perform in this career?

  • Clients rely on the skills of their cosmetologists to make them look their best. This amount of trust requires a cosmetologist to be educated, stylish and excellence. While schooling and a license are a must for cosmetologists, having the right qualities is what will make or break a career.

What courses need to be taken?

  • Basic Safety and Sanitation Course : This cosmetologist class may also cover the basics in salon supply inventory.
  • Hair Care Course : Additional skills taught in this course may include hair styling, cutting, chemical treatments and scalp massage.
  • Aesthetics and Hair Removal Course : Skills are then developed in waxing, eyebrow arching, make-up application, tinting eyebrows and general skin care.
  • Nail Care Course : Students practice the application of paraffin dips, spa pedicures and manicures, hot oils and foot- or hand-wraps.
  • Facials Course : Students gain hands-on training in applying massage techniques, skin conditioning, skin masks and electrical facials. Cosmetologist courses on facials may sometimes be combined with aesthetics courses.
  • Salon Management Course : Additional topics covered may include hiring personnel, state licensing regulations and the cosmetology job search.

How long is the program of study?

  • Cosmetology programs are typically found at beauty schools or 2-year community colleges. Many states require cosmetologists to obtain a license before practicing. Huntsville High school is a school you can take the 2-year course to earn your license to be a cosmetologist.

Salary Income expectations :

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the median salary for cosmetologists is $22,500 per year.
  • After several years depending on the skill you have obtained and depending where you live this salary could increase.

How hard will it be for someone to get a job as a cosmetologist?

  • Getting a job after graduating from any type of school may be a challenge at first. But eventually, everything will straighten up after putting time in and looking.

How many of these jobs are there in the United States?

  • 663,300

Does this career have a long future, or does it have the possibility of dying away? Why, Why not?

  • This career depends on you and how well you are and also how much you enjoy it. You have to think to yourself and ask, “could you do this for the rest of your life everyday?” I mean all jobs you have to think and try to imagine yourself doing the same thing for the rest of your life. This career could die off, and also be the job you want for the rest of your life. Some days are going to be very irritating and rushed, but that’s all jobs. So, depending on you, yes your passion for this job could die away and or be the job for the rest of your life.

What are some specific reasons why this particular career might appeal to someone?

  • Specific reasons why this particular career might appeal to some people are, if you’ve always enjoyed doing hair and would want to learn more about hair and hair ideas you could learn and try on your own clients. Makeup, if you are good at makeup and enjoy doing other peoples makeup, and making people feel better about themselves.

If someone wanted to use the same skills and do similar work, but couldn't find work in your chosen career, what are some similar options they could explore?

  • Make up Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Estheticians

What about it interest you?

  • I'm interested in cosmetology because, I’ve always enjoyed doing hair and makeup on other people and on my self. Being able to cut and style hair forever is my dream. I love it all.

What makes you think you either would or wouldn’t be a good fit for this career?

  • I would be a good fit for this career because like I said earlier, I’ve always enjoyed doing hair, nails, and make up. I also think I’m good in this type of career. Most people go into the cosmetology career and drop out of beauty school because they expected it to be “easy going” but its a job, a career you should want to stay in.

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