Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

General Information

Description

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Personal Care Services
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores

Job Outlook

Overall employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of barbers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair care services. Employment of hairstylists and cosmetologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$29,630

State-by-state Salary

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$33,240
$18,930
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 78%
  • High school 20%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Education and Training
  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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