Why Having a Cosmetology License is Crucial For Your Career

cosmetology licenseSimply put, having a cosmetology license is crucial for your career. Without one, it’s typically difficult to excel in the field. You don’t want to miss out on career opportunities because of it.

Most states require a cosmetologist to be licensed. These requirements vary from state to state. Regardless of the state in which you reside, the benefits of having a license are basically the same. Here are a few to consider.


Credibility is very important, in any industry. When you’re starting out, credibility (and a great portfolio) is what is going to help you garner new clients.

Think about it. Would you make an appointment with a cosmetologist who isn’t licensed? Would you trust their ability, knowing that they are self-taught?

Probably not.

Many states require that you have at least 600 hours of training, in order to get a license. Potential clients appreciate the fact that you’re serious about what you do. They’ll be more at ease, when they sit in your chair.

Higher Pay

If you’re lucky enough to get a job without a license, you can almost guarantee that you’ll start out at minimum wage. Of course, pay raises are possible in any situation. However, the odds of getting one without proper education are typically slim.

In the event you do get a raise, expect it to be lower than what you would get if you were licensed.

Advancement Opportunities

There are many advancement opportunities for those with a cosmetology or esthetician license. They include but are not limited to:

  • Makeup artist
  • Cosmetics buyer
  • Salon manager
  • State board licensing inspector
  • Brand representative

These opportunities won’t be within your reach, if you don’t have the proper schooling.

Sense of Accomplishment

Self-worth is very important. Getting a cosmetology license isn’t as easy as some people think. It takes dedication, hours of studying and hands-on training, which is truly an accomplishment to be proud of.

Ability to Relocate Easily

There will always be a need for licensed cosmetologists. This makes it easier to relocate, if necessary or just on a whim. Depending on state laws, you may have to take additional classes.

But, this means you’ll stay up to date with all of the current news and trends. A good cosmetologist never stops learning!

As you can see, you really shouldn’t consider a career in cosmetology without the proper training, which is necessary for you to get your license. Many people will tell you that doing so is just a waste of time.

Yes, you might be good enough to earn a wage, but it probably won’t be enough money to support yourself  unless you’re very lucky. That being said, take the initiative to earn a cosmetology license. You won’t be sorry!

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.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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