The career of a cosmetologist focuses on ways to make their clients look beautiful. Cosmetologists normally focus on one or more particular areas including hair styling manicures make-up and other services offered in a spa or salon. Some cosmetologists are only licensed in one area but others can offer their clients several services during one extended appointment.

The most common establishments that employ cosmetologists are hair salons spas cruise ships resorts and department store make-up counters. While a majority of cosmetologists are employed by the aforementioned locations others are self-employed and either rent a booth at a boutique salon or they run a business out of their homes. Many cosmetologists generate business through word-of-mouth advertising and referrals.

When a cosmetologist is well liked they can often earn generous tips in addition to their regular fee for services. Many people who aspire to become cosmetologists know they are interested in this profession from a young age. A high school diploma is recommended for this career path in addition to completing a cosmetology degree program. Cosmetologists must also maintain a license and specific requirements vary from state to state.

One of the benefits of a cosmetology degree is a flexible schedule and the ability to work full-time or part-time and during the morning afternoon evening or weekend hours. The typical salary for a cosmetologist according to can range anywhere from $13000 to $50000 per year depending on the number of years experience and level of education and supervisors and managers earn significantly more than entry-level cosmetologists.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $31500
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $13000
Tasks: Works in a spa, salon, or store that sells make-up.
Works to enhance a client's appearance
Sells cosmetic products.
Teaches clients how to apply make-up.
Also Called: Hair Stylist
Make-Up Artist
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