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1-2 years
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Cosmetology Requirements

A cosmetology degree program teaches students how to cut and style hair, perform manicures and pedicures and provide skin care treatments. Many community colleges, vocational schools, and private institutions offer these two-year programs. Curriculum for an associate's degree in cosmetology includes instruction on beauty services, as well as information on identifying hair and skin disorders, sanitation and business skills.

Cosmetology Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Cosmetology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Cosmetology degrees have experience in is Hairdresser, followed by Food Server, Retail Salesperson, Aesthetician, Make-Up Artist, Spa Manager, Customer Service Representative, Plastic Surgeon, Bartender, and Dental Assistant.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Hairdresser 4.4% 0.3% 14.9×
Food Server 2.8% 3.6% 0.8×
Retail Salesperson 2.3% 3.5% 0.7×
Aesthetician 2.2% 0.1% 17.1×
Make-Up Artist 1.8% 0.2% 10.5×
Spa Manager 1.6% 0.1% 26.5×
Customer Service Representative 1.5% 2.1% 0.7×
Plastic Surgeon 1.5% 0.0% 649.4×
Bartender 1.2% 0.9% 1.4×
Dental Assistant 1.2% 0.3% 3.8×

Cosmetology Salary

Cosmetology graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Cosmetology Underemployment

Cosmetology graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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