A cosmetologist needs many hours of training and hands-on practice on real clients before you can get your cosmetology license. This is a fast growing career where the competition is tough, but there is faster then average growth expected when compared to other jobs according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor . In fact, these statistics also state that job prospects are quite high thanks to people retiring or changing careers. Cosmetologists are also able to be self-employed with much more flexibility in their schedules compared to other careers. The median salary for the top ten percent of cosmetologists was around $44,000 in early 2010.
There is nothing like real life experience to get under your belt while still in cosmetology school. One of the best ways to understand a high-pressure and fast-paced situation involving beauty services would be to work as a hair and makeup artist for a live performance. We've mentioned offering cosmetology services to fashion shows, but your cosmetology school could also offer the services of its students to local theatre groups during their productions. This arrangement is a win-win situation; the actors will look great in specific period looks and the cosmetologists can practice with time constraints under pressure. The school should reach out to local high school theatre departments as well for even more opportunities for cosmetology students.