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Why is it beneficial to pursue a career in cosmetology?

What are some of the pros? #cosmetology

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D’s Answer

I have not pursued a career in cosmetology, but my niece has... this is what she learned.
- It is a tough/tiring job as you are literally on your feet ALL DAY - so you should pursue if you are in good physical shape and can make the time to treat your aching body. It is hard on your feet, legs, back, etc...
- You are basically responsible for your own medical benefits which can be expensive. Most salons do not offer other benefits as well. Such as, Holiday pay or other paid leave (maternity/paternity/sickness/childcare)... it simply does not exist. In most cases, if you are not working, you are not getting paid.

With this said, my niece is very happy with her choice so far. And, while her position is in a salon cutting/coloring hair- the industry itself is much larger and broader. You could get into the science of creating skin-care, or other self-care products. You could be a stylist for the rich and famous which has other perks... its a broad field with broad opportunity. I suggest talking to people who do the specific type of work within the Cosmetology field you are interested in before you make a decision one way or another.

This is a great answer and DL fully addressed the daily routine and reality of cosmetology. I would share and add that my hair dresser is a favorite person of mine and we're super friendly with one another. I would share that you will form some of the most private and tight bonds with people as you "transform" them into their outward best selves. That means you are privy to their private concerns and fears about their beauty. You will need to be trusted and confidential. Follow your heart and as DL suggested talk to as many people in the business you can. Best of Luck, and you've got this! KATE MILLER

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Amit’s Answer


I have couple of friends who picked cosmetology as their career option. I have recently learned few things with them and would like to mention here. First and for most, it's very hard working job and you need to put a lot of effort in school to become expert. If you really like cosmetology, then you should consider Hair Stylist which is the most well-known and popular career choice in the cosmetology industry.

This is one of job growth in this career.

Job Title Median Salary Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Skincare Specialist $31,290 (2018)* 11%
Beauty Copywriter $51,221 (copywriters, 2020)** 0% (all writers and authors)
Corporate Trainer $55,479 (2020)** 9% (training and development specialists)
Public Relations Specialist $60,000 (2018)* 6%

You would be surprised to know the recent labor department data about the demand and future of cosmetology in coming years. As per recent data revealed, the future for cosmetologists is looking very bright indeed, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for cosmetologists is expected to grow by 16% between 2018 and 2028. Opportunities for manicurists and pedicurists are projected to grow by 19 percent, according to BLS.

I would also like to mention about school culture of cosmetology which I learned from my friends. Beauty school is a lot of hard work. Students have to study their text books, they take quizzes and tests, and they practice hair styles over and over again. ... Students in beauty school are dedicated, hard-workers.

Hope, this little information help you to take decision about your career. I wish a lot of success and Good Luck as well, Cheers!! :-)

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Kathy’s Answer

Jessica, I don't know much about cosmetology in particular, but I do have some advise to offer that I hope will be helpful to you.

1. Consider why you are interested in cosmetology. Here are some things to consider versus other professions you might want to pursue: Do you want a job with "regular" hours or do you want a job that allows you some flexibility to work around other interests and family schedules? Cosmetology is likely to give you some flexibility. Do you thrive in an environment with lots of activity and people-contact, or do you prefer a quiet and working alone? Cosmetology would be great for someone who is a people-person.

2. If there is a salon you currently go to, ask if they would be willing to allow you to "shadow" someone who does that job, or if they can recommend someone. Your local cosmetology school may also have some suggestions. This step will let you evaluate whether it is the type of job you see yourself doing, and it will also give you someone to ask lots of questions to!

Someone in the field will also be able to help you better understand what people do to get health benefits, pay quarterly taxes, etc. Like any job, it's not about whether it is a good job, it's about whether it is the right job for you. Best of luck.

Kathy recommends the following next steps:

Shadow someone currently doing the job to see if you'd like it
Contact your local salon for ideas
Contact your local cosmetology school for ideas