According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), median hourly wages in May 2008 for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists,
including tips and commission, were $11.13. Among skin care specialists, median hourly
wages, including tips, were $13.81. Although earnings for entry-level workers are
low, with experience pay can become considerably higher. Attracting and maintaining
regular clientele, size and location of the salon and other factors all play a role
in how much an individual can make.
Cosmetology jobs are expected to grow much faster than average between now and 2018
due to a higher demand for hair, nail and skin treatments for relaxation and medical
With an Associate in Science or Certificate in Cosmetology you will be prepared to
find employment in leading beauty salons, skin care salons and department stores.
Many graduates become self-employed or open their own salon. Job opportunities also
exist as cosmetics, hair and nail companies’ sales representatives, technicians and
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"Being able to teach Cosmetology has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my hairdressing career. To be able to take a new batch of students who are open to new ideas and be able to help mold them into future stylists is very rewarding. I learn as much from the students as they learn from my teaching. Being associated with Allan Hancock College has allowed me to do what I love most: teach."
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