Top 6 Careers In Cosmetology

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The beauty industry is a great place for many people to discover their eventual careers. Whether you love that this industry often provides a flexible schedule, the idea of being able to make money for yourself, or you just enjoy the process of working to help people feel more beautiful, the cosmetology industry may be for you. If you’re not sure where in the cosmetology industry you may be able to work, here are six careers in cosmetology that you might be able to pursue.

1. Makeup Artist

Oftentimes, a makeup artist will have a background in esthetics. Cosmetology and esthetics are two connected fields, and although esthetics is often connected to skin care specialists, it can also set you up for a career as a makeup artist. Esthetics can teach you color theory, how to care for skin, and methods of providing personal service, all of which can be critical for professional success as a makeup artist.

2. Nail Technician

Nail technicians require a significant amount of knowledge and experience to provide services to clients successfully. Not only do you need to understand the specifics of nail services, but you’ll also need to know how to provide general skincare and care for the health of nail and nail beds. On top of that, you also need quite a creative streak, and you need to understand how colors look together in order to provide high-quality nail art designs. A cosmetology education will help you find a place in this personal care field.

3. Hairdresser

A hairdresser or hair stylist will have lots of information about handling different hair styling options. Hairdressers may have specialties in hair coloring, hair cutting, and even sometimes hair removal and management methods. These beauty professionals are often what people think of when they think of cosmetology; there are lots of ways to work as a hairdresser, and you can often leverage this career into another career, such as a salon owner or another salon professional.

4. Beauty Writer/Editor

With a background in cosmetology, you may find yourself wanting to move into the field of beauty writing and editing, a beauty career option that’s less frequently talked about. A background in cosmetology, especially if you also have a background of some kind in writing, can be exceptionally helpful here. It gives you more of a sneak peek into the beauty industry, allowing you to talk about beauty from an inside angle. Plus, beauty copywriters can sometimes work freelance, which can clear up your schedule quite a bit.

5. Fashion Show Stylist

Fashion shows are one of the ways that fashion brands show off to the general public and to the people who write articles and talk about upcoming fashion trends. That means they need stylists who understand the ins and outs of fashion, are willing to take direction, and are great at working under pressure. Oftentimes, fashion show stylists have the same cosmetology background as the typical salon worker, but they’ve honed their skills to work under pressure and to cater more to a high-fashion crowd than to the average person.

6. Beauty Business Consultant

If you have more of a business background, this is a beauty industry job that might really interest you. Often times, beauty school training will give you insight into information about beauty products and the beauty retail scene, which you can then turn into discussing with up-and-coming beauty product companies. You may be able to provide market direction, information about how to better their product, and more.

Which Career Will You Choose?

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Beauty school is a great start to a beauty profession. Whether you choose one of these beauty jobs or you go for something entirely different, from a beauty magazine editor to a beauty blogger, there are lots of careers available out there. Start by taking our Beauty Biz Readiness Quiz and check out Evergreen Beauty College’s various locations to see whether one might fit your needs.

FAQs: Top Cosmetology Careers

Do you need formal education for a cosmetology career?

For most cosmetology careers, it is very important that you have a formal education. The professional training you receive at a beauty school will allow you to get a cosmetology license, which is usually mandatory for these careers. Talk to Evergreen Beauty College for more information about turning your training into career opportunities.

What prerequisites are there to go to cosmetology school?

Most of the time, to go to beauty school, the only prerequisites are to have a high school diploma and be at least 18. In general, you don’t need any previous experience with providing beauty services, although whatever knowledge you do have will often be useful.

Which cosmetology career has the best annual salary?

Salary ranges depend significantly on where you are and how much experience you have. If this is an important part of the puzzle for you, look into the average salary in your area for the cosmetology careers that you’re most interested in.

Author
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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Mysti Dement
Mysti Dement
4 years ago

Do you guys teach classes for braiding, Hair extensions, and hair weaving. I would love to learn how to do much more breading hairstyles and hair extensions also hair weaving, It would be so fun and very educational to learn for me. I love doing peoples hair it’s one of my biggest things I love to do the most in life.

Sabrie Brooks
Sabrie Brooks
4 years ago

I think hair styling is good because this wedsite tells you things that you might of not known. And it helps people want to know what the want to do and gives them a idea about some of the careers in cosmrtology.

Riddhi
Riddhi
3 years ago

I wanna become one self made women so i choose beauty buisness consultant is this right for me? I’ve interest in hair styling and makeup but don’t know much about nail arts please guide me

ashtyn mcallister
ashtyn mcallister
3 years ago

hi im only 17 but i would love to learn more about how to do hair i can cut and dye hair so far but would love to learn more.

Kytanna
Kytanna
6 months ago

You said top 10 and there’s only 6. Dissatisfaction

kimberly
kimberly
3 months ago

if i were to chose one it would be nail technician because it sounds like fun.