If you are reading this, you have probably thought about attending Cosmetology school at least once. A lot of people enjoy working with hair and makeup, but is a career in cosmetology for you? The current job market is very competitive, and there are plenty of reasons why you might want to choose a career in the cosmetology industry. Among other advantages, a career in cosmetology can offer many exciting opportunities in job growth, location and income.
If you do choose to go to Cosmetology school, once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to become a licensed stylist in Pennsylvania. A lot of our graduates find work as stylists in salons, and some of them even go on to open their own establishments. In most cases, as a stylist, you will be able to work as much as you want and when you want. You can work a typical Monday-to-Friday schedule or any combination of days during the week. Many stylists enjoy working during regular business hours, as some tend to work when their clients are free after normal business hours and have the mornings and afternoons to themselves. While working in a salon, you can gain all the benefits of an entrepreneur, as you will build up your own schedules as well as clientele. Setting up your own schedule that fits to your personal unique lifestyle is a great perk while working as a stylist at a salon.
Control Your Income
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is about $13.24 (or the annual wage of $27,530). This number can be a bit deceiving when comparing wages with other careers, because as a stylist you have more control over your income than you would in most other jobs. Your income comes directly from both the amount and quality of work you provide for your clients. There are many incentives (such as tips). If you do a good job as a stylist, your clientele are likely to give you good tips and keep coming back to you. Commissions are also another great way to add some extra cash to your paycheck. Encouraging your clients to purchase certain brands of hair products (like CHI products, which are offered at all of our salon locations), can add up quickly.
The traditional 9-to-5 office setting isn’t for everyone. Luckily, in the cosmetology industry, you will probably not be working behind a desk and computer. You’ll most likely stay active and on your feet for most of your shift. In the cosmetology industry, every day is a new day. By working with old and new clients, motivated co-workers, and walk-in clients, you’ll never experience the same type of day twice. If you feel you can thrive on this this type of daily variety, you’re definitely cut out for a career in the beauty industry!
Keep Up With Trends
Do you find yourself constantly watching television shows like “Project Runway” or any number of red carpet events? Keeping up with trends is a huge part of being a stylist and staying ahead of the curve. The fashion and beauty industry is constantly changing with new designs, looks and outfit trends that appear nearly every week. As a stylist, you have to keep up with the newest trends, techniques and everything that’s popular. If you are naturally on top of today’s trends, you most likely enjoy learning new things. So, why not get paid for it while working in the cosmetology industry?
Work in Fashion, Movies, TV, Special Effects (and More)
Not all graduates of Star Career Academy’s Beauty program end up working in a salon. There are countless opportunities for careers in the fashion and entertainment industries. Some graduates first work as a stylist in a traditional salon (learning all the newest techniques and industry trends) and then move on to the entertainment business. Fashion shows, celebrities, music acts, theatres, and even haunted houses all have in-house make-up artists and stylists. Movies are another option, as there are job opportunities for special effects makeup artists who work with makeup and prosthetics to transform actors into characters on the sets of plays and movies.
With a positive attitude, customer service skills, and a drive to better your career prospects, cosmetology may be the field for you. With what seems like an endless list of opportunities in a growing industry, you’ll meet new people every day while building their confidence and making them look good.
At Star Career Academy, our goal is to prepare students through competency-based knowledge, and scientific and artistic principles, along with hands-on fundamentals related to the cosmetology industry. The combination of lectures in cosmetology theory and real-world practice in salons introduces students to the professional standards and responsibilities that are required of them in order that they may be prepared for this rewarding career after graduation.
Graduates of the Cosmetology program (at either the Philadelphia or Audubon campus) will be eligible to take examinations required for beauty salons, spas, and other related businesses as a stylist, salon manager or owner, color specialist, skin or nail specialist, platform or makeup artist, manufacturer’s representative, and cosmetic salesperson, among other positions. Apply or find out more about Star Career Academy’s Cosmetology program by clicking here. You can graduate with a Cosmetology diploma in as little as 12 months (or 18 months for the evening program).