The saying goes that “beauty is only skin deep,” but apparently that’s enough for most of us: The beauty industry is a thriving one, one which helps its clients gain confidence by improving their appearance. There are many specializations within the beauty industry, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the beauty care regimen. Barbers, hairdressers, and hairstylists work with their clients’ hair, cutting, styling, and offering additional hair care services. Our hands and feet receive attention from nail technicians who apply nail extensions and color and polish nails. Estheticians and skin care professionals are a rising group of beauty workers. They attend to their clients’ skin by offering services like peels, facials, and head and neck massage. They also apply makeup and offer skin care tips and techniques.
Most beauty workers are required to earn a state-issued license before they can begin offering their services to the public. In order to earn this license, they must first graduate from a state-recognized certificate or degree program. These programs can take six months to two years to complete, depending on the type of program and the amount of additional liberal arts courses included. They are offered by junior colleges and vocational/technical schools. After completing a recognized program, applicants must pass the state’s written and practical exams, before they can earn their license.
Most beauty specialties will be seeing much faster than average job growth in the coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the aging baby boom population and younger adults begin utilizing more beauty services, there will be a rapid growth in entry-level positions. Beauty and cosmetology workers can expect to earn $19,000-40,000 a year, depending on their professional experience and place of employment.
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