Beauty Schools and Cosmetology Schools in Chicago, IL
Map of Cosmetology Schools in Chicago, IL
Chicago is one of the largest cities in the Midwest and offers several opportunities for beauty school graduates. Check out our comprehensive beauty school directory to find programs that can help you reach your career goals. Chicago cosmetology schools have a broad range of programs, so you can specialize in your beauty career.
It's important to compare beauty programs to be sure you can choose the one that is right for you. That's why we recommend contacting schools directly from our site.
Living in a metropolitan area like Chicago, you may be able to earn more money than beauty workers in suburban or rural areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following average salaries for different cosmetology jobs:
- Cosmetologists & Hairstylists - $18,160 to $45,580
- Manicurists & Pedicurists - $18,360 to $44,310
- Estheticians - $18,650 to $62,480
Not only is your salary affected by which job you choose, it is affected by how you enter the field. If you become a salon owner, you might start out with a lower salary and then earn substantially more when your salon becomes profitable. Stylists that rent chairs or work for salons may earn tips on top of their regular salaries.
When you start evaluating different beauty schools, check out how many hours of experience you earn at each school. The State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has strict requirements for cosmetology professions. By the time you graduate from a program, you must complete a certain amount of hours:
- 1500 Hours – Barbers & Cosmetologists
- 750 Hours – Estheticians & Skin Care Specialists
- 350 Hours – Nail Technicians
Once you've completed your education, you can take a skills exam and a written exam. Upon passing these exams, you get a license that is good for up to two years. Your license must be renewed by July 31 during odd-numbered years.
Once you begin your education, look into joining a local professional organization. Cosmetologists Chicago offers a variety of membership benefits, including access to America's Beauty Show, continuing education courses, and scholarships.
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