Beauty Education & Career Guide

Get answers to your frequently asked questions.

Here you can get answers to the most commonly asked questions about the beauty and cosmetology industry. Whether you are unsure about how to pay for school, whether the beauty school you're considering is a good one, or what it takes to get a license in your state, use this page to learn more about education and careers in the beauty arts and sciences.

We've got tons of information about all the essential beauty services: cosmetology, esthetics and skin care, nail technology, barbering, hair design, teaching cosmetology, makeup artistry, electrolysis and laser hair removal, salon management, hair braiding, fashion design and massage therapy! Check out the Q&As below to find information about everything from enrolling in cosmetology school to finding the perfect beauty career once you've graduated.

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Vital Beauty Industry Statistics

According to the Professional Beauty Association, the salon and spa industry is growing! They estimate that there are more than 1.1 million salon or spa establishments in the U.S. that offer beauty and cosmetology services, and that the industry is worth more than $44 billion now. Independent salons or beauty professionals grew more than 92% in the last decade, and employment-based salons grow 16 percent.

Quick Facts:

  • In 2013, the PBA analysis estimated more than 1.1 million salon establishments nationwide.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 13% growth in cosmetology, barbering and hair jobs through the year 2022.
  • Job demand for estheticians and skin care specialists is projected to grow 40% through the year 2020, much faster than average, according to the BLS.
  • The BLS also estimated an 16% growth in job demand for nail technicians, manicurists and pedicurists through 2022.
  • When the U.S. economy was in a recession between 2000 and 2010 with a 3% decline and seeing almost 3.4 million job losses, the cosmetology industry instead grew 7% and added more than 70,000 jobs.
  • The cosmetology industry is known for being flexible. In fact, on average, almost 1 in 3 personal appearance workers – especially barbers - choose to be self-employed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • The business can also be a shot at entrepreneurship. 61% of salon businesses are owned by women, compared to just 30% of private sector businesses nationwide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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