A career in the cosmetology field offers flexibility, enabling licensed professionals to switch between working as a hairstylist to working in the esthetic or nail areas, as best suits their professional interest.
A cosmetologist has the option of working in city center or neighborhood salons depending on needs and interests. Additionally there is the option of working part-time so as to balance family responsibilities or to support other educational goals.
One of the career paths which can be chosen is to own a business. The salon business can be a profitable one. There are many potentially lucrative opportunities, from a small specialty salon to a large, full-service day spa. With some experience in the field, a course in small business management, and a relatively small financial outlay, the licensed cosmetologist can be his or her own boss.
Other career paths open to licensed professionals include:
- Cosmetic Company Representative
- Cosmetology Instructor
- Platform Artist
- Salon Manager
- Artistic Director for a Large Chain Salon
- Theatrical Make-up Artist
- Esthetician-Skin Care Specialist
- Nail Tech
- Cruise Line Stylist
- State Board Inspector
- Wedding Specialist/Photo Stylist
- Salon Owner
- Spa Owner
- Beauty Magazine Writer
This figure will be considerably higher in the San Francisco Bay Area due to higher salon pricing (reflecting a generally higher cost of living). The industry has proven recession proof. Another survey conducted by a large chain salon found there are three jobs waiting for each licensed graduate. So, the beauty industry offers a career that is not only an artistic outlet but, in practical terms, can pay the bills.
*(Source: National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) "Job Demand in the Cosmetology Industry, 2003")