Beauty salons and spas offering a range of services exist in every city, town, and hamlet in this country, and this is true also in the state of Alaska. Each one of these salons and spas requires someone to run it in a managerial capacity. That is why the field of salon and spa management in Alaska can be a very attractive career opportunity.
If you enjoy taking charge, running a business, and helping people look and feel their best, a career in salon or spa management may be a good career choice for you!
To succeed as a spa or salon manager, you will need to develop outstanding business management skills. Local beauty schools and some community colleges offer programs in spa and salon management. Typically, it takes from six to twelve months to complete one of these programs, and you will earn between 15 and 30 credits.
Coursework will include staff leadership, customer service, safety compliance laws, billing, business finance, and marketing. Some spas and salons expect their managers to be certified in some area of cosmetology. Many people entering management started out as a practicing cosmetologist and see salon management as a way of moving their career forward. Spa and salon management is not regulated by the state of Alaska, and there is no specific license required. Still, the training offered in a formal program is invaluable for giving you the tools to oversee the working of a salon.
Even though Alabama does not have an official salon management licensure, you should pursue some form of training that requires initial licensure and renewal within the realm of cosmetology. After all, how can you connect with your workers, or help out in a pinch, if you dont have the skills they are required to have? And how would you really know what level of quality they were providing clients if you didnt have your own gauge? Better earn your cosmetology license in Alabama. Its a 1,500-hour minimum requirement. Youll renew every two odd-numbered years for $80.
According to statistics provided by O*Net, the average salary for spa and salon managers in 2013 was $42,200, which is considerably higher than the average salary in the lower 48 states (www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-1021.01). Of course, if you also have cosmetology skills and sometimes assist in offering client services, you can earn considerably more. It is estimated that the need for qualified people to manage spas and salons will grow between 8 and 14% between 2012 and 2022, making the outlook for this career bright. If you enjoy the field of beauty, helping people look and feel their best, and running a business, becoming a spa or salon manager in the state of Alaska could be a great career choice for you!
As a manager, you will spend your day in two areas of the salon: the office, and the floor. In the office, you will see to the salons financial needs, ordering supplies, interviewing, and other business needs. On the floor, you will want to make sure that everything is running smoothly, that the clients are being satisfied and your cosmetologists are working efficiently. You will also handle any problems that may arise. You may be responsible for opening the salon in the morning, making sure that staff is all present, overseeing deliveries of ordered goods, and making sure the salon is always clean. You will probably need to work some weekend and evening hours, if the salon is open then, which is very likely. A new movement is the area of sustainable salon management, which focuses on efficient energy usage and selection of green products. You may find yourself involved in this area, as well. Dont wait to take the next step in your career. Contact the beauty schools in your area today to request more information!
Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801-1770
Phone Number: 907-465-2547
Fax Number: 907-456-2974
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing can help you with additional questions about obtaining an Alaska cosmetology license.
Alaska has demonstrated some key growth in the number of people who have
started their own beauty care business. Salon management is a very involved
process and to that end, many being by getting information through these
Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
Day Spa Association
Professional Beauty Association