Opportunities for Advancement in Cosmetology

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If you are thinking about a career in cosmetology but aren’t sure because you feel there is no room for advancement, think again. There are plenty of advancement opportunities available for hairstylists and makeup artists. You can open your very own salon or specialize in a specific area of cosmetology, such as esthetics. After you gain several years of experience, you will be on your way to advancing to your goal.

The Basics of Cosmetology Beauty School

The first thing you must do to enter into the cosmetology industry involves completing your training to meet the licensure requirements in your state. You have several options to choose from when it comes to the training you receive. Beauty colleges, community colleges, and vocational schools all offer cosmetology programs that will help you meet your requirements. Programs may last up to nine months, and afterward, you will be required to take a practical and written exam. It provides proof you have mastered all the skills to become a licensed cosmetologist.

Opportunities for Advancement in Cosmetology

After you’ve gained hands-on experience and attained more skills for in-demand services, you will have more opportunities to earn a higher income and advance your career. Some of the options to build up your cosmetology career include the following.

Owning a Salon

Once you have achieved the goal of maintaining several clients, you may want to consider opening a salon of your own. It is an excellent option for stylists who have more clients than they can handle on their own. By becoming a salon owner, you can still provide your clients with the services they love while training other employees and earning a higher income.

Managing a Salon

Salon managers take on more responsibility by leading, monitoring and overseeing a salon’s daily operations. They are responsible for maintaining a positive and efficient team and ensuring that all operations for the day are carried out smoothly.

Becoming an Image Consultant

An image consultant works one-on-one with clients to determine their personal beauty goals and ensure they are carried out. Their tasks might include improving the client’s appearance, helping with communication skills, and enhancing interpersonal skills.

Product or Service Sales Management

Sales representatives at a salon are in charge of selling products to customers. They may sell skin care products, premium shampoo and conditioner, cosmetics, and other similar items. They may represent a single brand sold by the salon or be responsible for selling all the products available in the establishment. It is their job to encourage the customers to purchase products and answer any questions they may have.

Cosmetology Educator

As a cosmetology educator, you will use your training and skills to educate students attending beauty colleges, vocational schools, and technical schools. With this job, it is your responsibility to train professional hairstylists, manicurists, makeup artists, and others that fall under your area of expertise.

Current Average Salary for a Cosmetologist

The average reported annual salary for a cosmetologist varies from one location to the next. Across the country with part-time and full-time workers, it is between $13,500 and $41,000, with the national average reported at $27,036 per year. Cosmetologists who work in New York can earn an average of $30,072 annually, while those in North Carolina make an average salary of $19,847. There are five states where the average salary for cosmetologists is above the national average. These states are:

  • New York
  • New Hampshire
  • California
  • Vermont
  • Idaho

Some of the highest paying jobs in cosmetology include:

  • Theatrical and performance makeup artist
  • Skin care specialist
  • Beauty copywriter
  • Corporate trainer
  • Public relations specialist
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Find a Cosmetology School Near Me

Evergreen Beauty College offers courses in cosmetology, hair design, barbering, esthetics, and more. If you are considering a career in the beauty industry, we want to help you reach your goals. Schedule a tour to visit our cosmetology school today and start the application process.

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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