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Whether your favorite hairstyle is a buzz-cut, bobcat, or dreadlocks, chances are, you had it done by a hairdresser, officially known as a cosmetologists. Cosmetologists are highly trained professionals who do much more than just cut hair. They are also skilled at manicures, pedicures, hair-coloring hair-care, style and image advice, and tiptoeing around one of our most prized possessions….our vanity. And most do it very well.

What types of hairdresser jobs are available?

Hairdressers can work almost anywhere, including cruise ships, resorts, Hollywood and Broadway, small towns, big towns, in large salons, small salons, or even from their houses. You can find hairdressers in malls, shopping centers, country clubs, gyms, and just about everywhere people go. This means that a prospective cosmologist can look forward to a lot of choices on where to live and work. And while you probably won’t get rich styling hair, the pay is steady, and the work is pretty secure.

When is the last time you heard of hairdressers getting laid-off, or out on strike?

What is hairdresser pay like?

Pay varies from area to area, and of course, you will probably make more in big cities, and high-profile jobs, but most hairdressers can expect to make around $10.00-$15.00 per hour wherever they work. And work hours are usually pretty flexible, so the job does have it’s perks.

Before you can work as a hairdresser, you will have to graduate from an approved Cosmetology School, pass a state test, and become licensed. Schools run around $5000.00-$15,000.00, but most have financial aid, scholarships and grants available. And, most also have job placement services for graduates. As far as professions go, the educational time and cost for a cosmetologist is very reasonable, compared to other fields such as engineering, teaching, and such.

What are the prospects going forward for those who desire hairdresser jobs?

The job future for hairdressers looks bright. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the market for hairdressers is expected to grow by at least 16% between now and 2020, which is above average for most professions. Of course, growth rates can vary by specialty and locations. Demand for hair-coloring, straightening, and other advanced services has increased in the last few years, and the trend is expected to continue.

Barbers, by comparison, are experiencing much slower growth, around 7%, which is much slower than average. It is mostly due to changes in styles and trends. Job prospects should be very good for new cosmetology graduates in the coming years. In 2010, there were 627,700 people working as cosmetologists in the U.S. By 2020, it is expected that there will be 726,100 people employed as cosmetologists, which means there will be 98,400 new positions available, in addition to filling the spots left by people who retire, switch positions, or leave the occupation for other pursuits.

Bear in mind that competition for the jobs at higher paying salons will be very intense, and the opportunities will vary by location. There will obviously be more opportunities for higher-paying positions in places like New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and California, than there will be in Ardmore, Ok., and Chatsworth, Ga.

A career in cosmetology can be very rewarding. It’s definitely worth considering if you are a people, or service oriented person. You could do a lot worse.


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