A Cosmetology License is Your License to Create

A Cosmetology License is Your License to Create

The economics of beauty are simple. Pursue a traditional or online high school diploma, go to cosmetology school, pursue your license, and get paid to make people beautiful.

by Kelly Richardson
Trade School Columnist

Cosmetology may be a billion dollar industry that may grow with each passing year. Ask business or entertainment professionals who they rely on to keep them looking their best, and chances are they'll tell you it's their cosmetologist.

15-year cosmetology veteran and National Cosmetology Association licensed member Ron Hawkins has created quite a buzz for himself. After winning over 800 regional, national, and international styling events, Ron is now one of the most sought after instructors in the world. His secret? Says Ron, "You can show people any and everything they need to know. But the secret is having the dedication on their behalf. I try to teach my students to be the best they can possibility be." Great advice from such a renowned cosmetology pro. Ready to begin your own cosmetology career? School Here are the basic concepts you must master to make it in this business.

Cosmetology School Concepts

  • Hair Care. Coloring, waving, cutting, and shaving are just a few of the cosmetology duties you may be asked to perform regularly. Learning the fine art of hair care may make you valuable to your employer.
  • Manicure/Pedicure. More and more clients are taking the extra step to care for their hands and feet. These two cosmetology specialties may require extra practice and the dexterity of a surgeon. And they bring in additional revenue.
  • Skin Care. It's critical that you stay abreast of the changes in skin care techniques and products. From microderm abrasions to seaweed masks, caring for your clients' skin is another top priority.

With the opportunity to work as a freelancer or for a fabulous salon there's never been a better time to earn your cosmetology credentials. Here's what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook (2006) has to say about this career:

The Cosmetology Career Profile

  • Certification. All states require graduation from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school, usually lasting anywhere from 9 to 24 months.
  • Employment Outlook. Overall employment of cosmetologists is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014.
  • Salary Potential. Median annual earnings in May 2004 for salaried cosmetology professionals were $19,800.

If you take pride in your appearance and what to help others do the same, going to cosmetology school and earning your license is a great career move.

About the Author

Kelly Richardson covers the local education and technology scenes in major cities across the country. His articles appear in educational journals, periodicals, and e-zines.


National Cosmetology Association
"Barbers, Cosmetologists, and Other Personal Appearance Workers," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2006)