Cosmetology Careers Outlook
Check the yellow pages of your phone book under “Beauty Salons and Services” and you’ll see how much the industry is growing. You’re likely to find a long list of salons in your area. Day spas are also opening up across the country, and salons are expanding to include more spa services like body wraps and massage. Hotels and resorts are adding salons, spas, and fitness centers to their facilities. The clientele of spas and salons has expanded to include men. Many skin care lines carry products for men, and cosmetic surgery is gaining wider acceptance among both men and women.
Those in the cosmetology industry, through such professional organizations as the NACCAS and the Cosmetology Advancement Foundation, are making efforts to educate people about the varied career options within the industry. Due to the growing number of salons and the mobility within the industry, these cosmetology associations are actively recruiting people to meet the industry’s high demand for workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor projects average growth for all cosmetology occupations through 2014. The number of barbershops is declining, but trained barbers should not have difficulty finding jobs because of the lack of qualified applicants. The high rate of turnover in the cosmetology field and the continuing demand for services should create plenty of opportunities.
Careers in Cosmetology:
- Color Analysts and Image Consultants
- Cosmetic Surgeons
- Cosmetics Sales Representatives
- Makeup Artists
- Massage Therapists
- Mortuary Cosmetologists
- Nail Technicians
- Salon Managers
- Spa Attendants