According to the new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, skin care specialists will see the biggest job gains in the beauty business over the next decade, followed by nail technicians and cosmetologists. Personal appearance worker trades will add 126,200 new jobs between the years 2010 and 2020, according to the most recent BLS.gov report. This number represents a promising step for an economy that is getting back on its feet.
The skincare niche is expected to grow a whopping 25 percent with the addition of 11,700 new esthetician jobs over the next decade, the largest projected growth in the entire personal appearance industry. This growth is fueled by a push for healthy lifestyle choices, an aging population and a recovering economy. Men and women are living longer, but they still want to look and feel good. The spa industry is in a great position to fill the demand by offering low-cost luxury services.
Similarly, the demand for manicures and pedicures is expected to create 13,600 nail technician jobs through 2020. The nail care field is poised for steady growth as an increasing number of nail salons open and workers change careers. Another area of anticipated growth includes personal hair care services.
The overall employment rate for barbers and cosmetologists is expected to increase by 14 percent with the addition of 100,900 cosmetology jobs. Certain industry niches will go into decline, while others will thrive. The BLS projects 20,300 jobs for professional shampooers, a 9 percent drop from 22,300 in 2010, as an increasing number of hairstylists perform this service. Barbers will see a 7 percent increase with 4,500 additional barber jobs. Hairstylists can expect a 16 percent increase with 98,400 hairstyling jobs. Cosmetology is poised to grow as hair trends have sparked an increased demand for new color and chemical services in recent years, and this demand is expected to continue over the next decade.
So what do all these numbers really mean, if you are considering cosmetology school? And are they the numbers that really matter? If you are interested in job security, you will be pleased to know that the job outlook is good for personal appearance worker trades. If you are interested in earning potential, you can learn the median salary for the respective trades in the new BLS.gov report. Skincare specialists can expect earn median salaries of $28,500, or $13.90 per hour. Nail technicians can look forward to earning a median salary of $19,600, or $9.45 per hour. Barbers and cosmetologists can expect to earn median salaries of $22,500, or $10.82 per hour. As always, how much a personal appearance worker earns depends on a number of factors including time in the field, location, services offered, skill level, networking ability, client retention, and more.
The BLS.gov numbers paint a portrait of trades that change with the economic landscape. For example, in today’s market, cosmetology school graduates may end up giving more mini-facials than full-course facials to accommodate more limited client budgets. And then in tomorrow’s market, cosmetology grads may find themselves providing more facial services to home-bound clients than walk-in clients. It just goes to show that the cosmetology field is a growing and ever-evolving world of opportunity for aspiring beauty professionals.