Cosmetology involves several specialties dealing with beauty. There are various occupations that a cosmetologist can apply themselves to. These careers include hairdressers, barbers, makeup artists, skin care specialists, massage therapy consultants, manicurists, nail technicians, and model or acting consultants. Persons looking to pursue a career in cosmetology need to go through six to twelve months of private or vocational cosmetology schooling. They need to become licensed in the area they are going to be working in. The requirements for cosmetology licenses vary from state to state.