What Are The Most Lucrative Careers for a Licensed Cosmetologist?

What Are the Most Lucrative Career Paths for a Licensed Cosmetologist?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for cosmetologists is expected to grow at 13 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. The Beauty Schools Directory explains that a Cosmetology Beauty School license includes hair, nails and makeup/skin care. There are so many specialties you can pursue in this industry. This article is going to go into the three basic areas and expand on some of the specialties that you may choose to pursue under each. 

  • Hairdresser

The Cosmetology Beauty School License is fairly generalized but can be the springboard for any area you want to specialize in later. If you are certain you only want to do hairstyling, the Hair Design License might be for you. Be sure you think about your future and not just what you like today. The Cosmetology License curriculum will not only include hair design and hair care but also the basics of hair safety and sanitation, nail training, and basic skin care treatments. You also receive training in client care and relations and professional communications. These things can be beneficial if you are self-employed. When you receive your training on cutting, coloring, styling, wig wear and barbering, learn all you can. Training with a variety of instructors allows you to learn different paths to the same goal. Then bring your perspective and determine your own style. Develop your individual flair. That is what will bring new clients to you and help you retain satisfied customers.

  • Nail Technician

Cosmetology school programs require that a certain number of training hours be dedicated to nail tech training. If you are unsure about what area you want to specialize in or are planning for a possibility of anything and everything, complete the cosmetology program. But if you know your love is in the color, style and exciting options of nail art, specialize in the Nail Tech License. You will learn all about manicures, pedicures and the safety requirements for these procedures for you and the client. Then you will learn how to do tips, gels and acrylics. Finally, you get to show your artistic talents with wraps and paintings. As new technology in this area develops, be sure you get the updated training so you can offer your nail clients the very best and safest techniques.

  • Makeup/Skin Care

Most cosmetologists enjoy doing some makeup and skin care. You are creative individuals and love doing anything you can to help your clients look and feel beautiful. Evergreen Beauty College is a Makeup Designory (MUD) Partner School. You can learn the Level 1 training here and then transfer to other facilities for the Upper Levels.

The Licensed Esthetician curriculum contains everything from basic skin care to the equipment needed to perform the different treatments. This licensing requires more Anatomy and Chemistry than the other specialties. Be sure you will be able to complete these requirements before you enroll in the program. You will also learn facial massage, peels, various types of facials, and even eyelash enhancements.

There is also a Master Esthetician Program available at some cosmetic beauty schools. This licensing goes into medium-depth peels, laser therapy and life sciences. Many of these graduates pursue their careers in medical offices, cosmetic surgeons’ offices, and hospitals, frequently assisting people post-accident and pre-or-post cosmetic surgery. This field has been projected to grow by 40 percent in the next few years.

Hairdressers, nail technicians, and estheticians who have graduated from cosmetic beauty school programs are frequently self-employed or are the owners of a business and employ other specialists. You may be working from home, renting space, or your own salon, but in all of these situations, you must understand client relations and professional ethics. Prior customer service experience is useful, but it is different when you are the employer and have to make policies for yourself and others. If you have hopes of owning a salon or spa, be sure you include adequate cosmetology beauty school business education along with your specialty service training.

The personal services industry is expected to see phenomenal growth in the future as individuals search for more services to make them look and feel good. If you are a people person and love to help others, this is a great career path to consider. Research the curriculum requirements and enroll in a program that best suits your interests and abilities.

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The Experts at Evergreen Beauty College can help you with any questions you have and in deciding on the cosmetology school program and licensing you want to pursue.

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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