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Cosmetology Schools Online

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), careers for personal appearance workers are expected to grow 20 percent from 2008 to 2018, which translates into good job opportunities for cosmetologists, barbers, and nail technicians in coming years. This growth is largely due to an increasing American population as well as advances in skin care treatments and other salon services, the BLS reports.

Training Through Online Cosmetology Schools

Personal appearance workers generally need to be licensed, which often requires completing approved training programs, some of which are available through online cosmetology schools. While cosmetology involves a number of hands-on skills, at online cosmetology schools, students watch professionally-created cosmetologist training videos with step-by-step instructions in fields that may include:

  • Hair cutting, coloring, and styling
  • Manicures/pedicures
  • Facials
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Students may gain hands-on experience practicing on models or mannequins and some online cosmetology schools may also offer internship opportunities to help students gain experience in a real salon setting.

Online cosmetology schools should prepare you for licensure in your state. All states require barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance professionals (except shampooers) to become licensed. Becoming licensed requires a high school diploma or GED, graduation from a state-approved cosmetologist training program, and passing a state licensing examination.

Depending on your field, training programs typically last anywhere from nine months to two years. While a certificate can be earned in under a year, the longer programs might lead to an associate's degree and include courses in business or salon management.

Careers for Cosmetology School Graduates

In 2009, the median annual salary for hairdressers and cosmetologists was $23,330, with the top 10 percent earning more than $43,250, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other 2009 median salaries in the field included:

  • Barbers: $24,160
  • Manicurists/pedicurists: $19,710
  • Skin care specialists: $28,580

Personal appearance workers often receive tips or work on commission, and developing a loyal clientele can help you stay busy and increase your salary. Typically, cosmetologists who work in high-end salons and/or bigger cities often earn higher salaries.

No matter your cosmetology career goals, training, and licensure is essential. Consider your options at online cosmetology schools.

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