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Cosmetology Career Opportunites

The following definitions and growth statements originated with the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Cosmetologists provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair. They may advise clients on how to care for their hair, straighten hair or give it a permanent wave, or lighten or darken hair color. Additionally, cosmetologists may train to give manicures, pedicures, and scalp and facial treatments; provide makeup analysis; and clean and style wigs and hairpieces.


Aestheticians exclusively provide skin care and treatment.


Manicurists and pedicurists, also called nail technicians, work exclusively on nails and provide manicures, pedicures, coloring, and nail extensions to clients.

In addition to their work with clients, cosmetologists, manicurists and aestheticians are expected to maintain clean work areas and sanitize all work implements. They may make appointments and keep records of hair color and permanent wave formulas used by their regular clients. A growing number actively sell hair products and other cosmetic supplies. Those who operate their own salons have managerial duties that include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.Overall employment of cosmetologists, aestheticians and nail technicians is projected to grow equally as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012, because of increasing population, incomes, and demand for personal appearance services. In addition to those arising from job growth, numerous job openings will arise from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave the labor force for other reasons. As a result, job opportunities generally should be good.

Academy of Cosmetology prepares individuals for employment in their chosen field. The programs are designed to meet the requirements of knowledge and manual skills that are expected of a professional as embodied in the above definitions.

Career Ideas:

  • Cruise Line Specialist
  • Salon Stylist
  • Hair color Specialist
  • Retail Specialist
  • Texture Service Specialist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Wig or Extensions Specialist
  • Skin Care Specialist/Esthetician
  • Nail Technician / Manicurist
  • Day Spa Stylist or Technician
  • Salon Manager
  • Salon Owner
  • Product Educator
  • Cosmetic Chemist
  • Session Stylist
  • Hairstylist for TV, Movies, or Theater
  • Styles Director / Artistic Director
  • Design Team Member
  • Platform Artist
  • Competition Champion
  • Educator
  • Writer
  • State Board Member