Cosmetologists provide their customers with hair, scalp and facial treatments to improve their appearance. Some also can offer makeup analysis. By working with their customers, cosmetologists can recommend professional hair care products and clean or style wigs and hairpieces, too. For cosmetologists who own their own business, additional duties may include supervising workers, keeping inventory and business records, hiring new employees, and advertising to support business growth.
Cosmetologists take care of many tasks:
Wash, cut and style clients’ hair
Determine different hairstyle options for clients
Analyze hair, skin and scalp to recommend treatments
Accept payment from clients
Take care of work area and tools to ensure cleanliness
Chemically change hair color and texture
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED, postsecondary nondegree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Due to the turnover of current employees retiring at a higher rate over the next 10 years, growing much faster than average (10 percent projected growth)*