What is Cosmetology School?

JULY 3, 2018

If you are considering a career in cosmetology, you most likely have many questions about the training involved, and future employment after graduation. Many men and women seek to combine their natural interests for hair styling and make-up application into a profitable and fulfilling lifelong career. Some careers that are available after graduation include:

  • Barber
  • Hair stylist and cutter
  • Manicurists
  • Make-up artist
  • Esthetician (skin care professional)

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So, what exactly is cosmetology school?

Cosmetology students should expect to learn the following during their schooling:

  • Textbook training in beauty care ingredients and the safe application
  • In-class lectures to reinforce beauty services and ethical principles 
  • Online tools that explain advanced beauty knowledge and techniques
  • Hands-on experience and training in student labs or salons

Additionally, a general overview of classes that are offered at beauty school are:

  • Hair Cutting and Hair Styles
  • Application of Chemical Treatments
  • Hair Color and Design
  • Salon and Spa Treatments
  • Manicures and Nail Technology
  • Make-up Artistry

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To be accepted, most cosmetology schools must have a high school diploma, or the GED equivalent, prior to enrollment. Depending on which area, or concentration, you choose to specialize in, it can take eight months for specific training (i.e. manicurist) and up to two years for full certification, if attending only part-time. The average length of time for most cosmetology schools is 12-18 months, including both in-class and hands-on training.

Cosmetology School Statistics

There are many advantages of attending cosmetology school, such that it can be the start of becoming an independent business owner with the freedom to set your own work hours. It is truly a career in which the harder you work, the more money you will make.

As with any job though, there are some disadvantages that are important to consider. Keep in mind that cosmetology is a job that requires people skills and the ability to stay on your feet for extended hours. Until you build up a loyal clientele, you may only break even as you must buy your own tools and products and sometimes pay a fee for booth space in an established salon. Here are some cosmetology school statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that can help you make an informed decision:

  • Median pay in 2017 was about $25,000
  • Job growth is expected to be faster than average (13% for 2016-2026)
  • There were about 673,700 cosmetology jobs in 2016
  • Usually no prior work experience is required for employment

Keep in mind that the above statistics do not consider tips, which can add substantially to your annual pay. Nor does it consider the number of cosmetologists that may also work from home, as personal care is one of the oldest cottage industries (a business or activity carried out in a person’s home).

The key to success can sometimes depend on the skills of the service provider. It is not unusual for some in the beauty industry to obtain a large and loyal following of clients that are willing to pay top dollar for their services. If you feel that personal care services in the beauty industry is for you, then going to cosmetology school is the first step to a rewarding career.

Many people absolutely love working with hair styles or make-up, so if this sounds like you, then beauty school can be the start of your dream career.

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