Careers That You May Be Qualified for After Beauty School

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Cosmetology school is a big choice for many people. However, if you’re not sure about whether you want to attend beauty school, it might be helpful to know that there are a variety of jobs that you could move into after graduating. If you’ve never heard of the various career opportunities that beauty school could lead to, here are just a few options.


Hairstylists are probably what you mostly think of when you think about beauty school. Beauty school is definitely a great choice if you want to become a hairstylist or general salon worker, as it will provide you with the skills you need to become a top-of-the-line salon worker.

Colorist or hair color specialist

Being able to apply hair color correctly is a skill all of its own. If you find that you really love the process of coloring clients’ hair, you may want to move into becoming a colorist, also called a hair color specialist. These experts may work primarily or exclusively with customers who are interested in getting a new hair color, especially very challenging jobs like lightening hair for customers with very dark hair or applying multiple colors to the same person’s hair.

Nail technician or manicurist

A nail technician or manicurist is someone who handles nails. This may include cleaning nails, painting intricate designs, and even helping people with nail care for damaged nails. In some places, “nail technician” is its own training program, while in others, it may just be classified under the same general cosmetology training that all cosmetologists go through. It’s a good idea to get more information about how nail technicians need to train in your state before you decide what program to take for nail technician options.

Makeup artist

Makeup artists help create a beautiful makeup look for their clients. This is a huge industry with many opportunities — you may work as a bridal makeup artist, as an on-screen makeup artist, as a celebrity makeup artist, or even as a special effects makeup artist. Some makeup artists go through esthetician training, while others may go through general cosmetology training.

Fashion designer

If you think that fashion designers need to go through fashion design school to become successful, think again. As part of cosmetology school, you’ll gain an eye for how different colors go together and what styles tend to contrast well with one another. By getting lots of experience with the world of cosmetology, you may be able to transition that knowledge into the world of fashion design, especially if you’re willing to do some of your own work to learn the basics of fashion design.

Salon owner

Salon owners are often cosmetologists themselves. While you may think of “salon owner” as being similar to a management position at another company, salon owners actually more frequently have a very hands-on approach to their salons, often doing their own work on the floor of the salon alongside their employees. Success in the world of cosmetology is often a necessary component of becoming a salon owner.

Cosmetology instructor

Once you’ve worked in cosmetology yourself, what’s the next step? For some, it’s to become a cosmetology instructor. As an instructor, you’ll be able to teach the next generation of cosmetologists. This is a great way to give back to the cosmetology community and to play an important role for up-and-coming cosmetologists.

Product representative

Companies are often looking for product representatives who understand why certain salon products could be very helpful for cosmetologists. Having experience as a cosmetologist can actually help you to become a product representative who may sell some of the products that you and your coworkers use in the salon.

Cosmetic writer

If you have experience in the cosmetology industry and you’re also good at writing, cosmetology writing could be for you. Writers for beauty blogs and beauty-related news sites need to have a thorough and in-depth understanding of cosmetology, so that experience and knowledge can help you do a better job as a writer.

Find the job that will work for you

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There are many, many beauty school careers out there. It’s not just working in a salon – although if you’re interested in salon work, you can also pursue that through cosmetology. If any of these careers pique your interest, or if you just want to learn more about your potential options, contact Evergreen Beauty College to learn more about how beauty school could be right for you.

FAQ: Beauty school careers

Do I need to attend beauty school to work in the beauty industry?

It depends on the job that you’re hoping to achieve. In most places, licensing is required to work directly with clients — for example, as a hairstylist or barber — and licensing requires that you have a certain number of hours of instruction. Even if licensing isn’t legally required in your state, most salons will only hire you if you have your license. However, if you’re looking to become a product representative or cosmetic writer, for example, beauty school may not be a mandatory part of the process. Always do your own research to see if beauty school is the best choice for you.

What is beauty school accreditation?

Accreditation indicates that a third-party organization has certified that a specific school has met certain educational and institutional requirements. Not all beauty schools are accredited, and there are plenty of great beauty schools that don’t have accreditation. However, accreditation allows a school to go through the process necessary to offer federal financial student aid. It’s a good component to keep in mind if you’ll likely need student aid for your education.

Which beauty school course should I attend for these career paths?

It really depends on the individual career path you’re hoping to pursue, as well as what’s available and necessary in your state. Before you sign up for any beauty school course, you should definitely talk to an expert who can understand your personal situation and what is best for you. Talking to an admissions specialist can help you decide which option is right for your needs.



Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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