COSMETOLOGY - IOWA

Cosmetology
IN
Iowa

A good cosmetologist is worth more than gold.

When you do high-quality work, make clients feel comfortable in your salon chair, and are up-to-date on new skills and techniques, you may look forward to a booked schedule.

State License Requirements
2,100
Hours

Cosmetology is licensed in all 50 states, so your next stop is the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. You will need to schedule your written test and skills test. Passing scores on these exams may allow you to become licensed. You must also pay a $55 licensing fee when you submit your application.

Education Details

Iowa Cosmetology Careers and Opportunities No matter what you are passionate about in cosmetology, you can build a career that showcases your talents and interests. If you love hair color and coloring techniques, you can build a reputation for your killer bayalage. If you have a knack for picking the right haircut for every client’s face, you may fill your schedule with people looking for soft layers, angled bobs, and shaved sides. A nail salon could be the right place for you if you want to focus on nail art, and you may be right at home in a spa if esthetics is your specialty. In general, Iowa is the ideal place to start a career. O*Net predicts a 22% jump in cosmetology job openings by the year 2022 (2016). Currently, the average salary for an Iowa cosmetologist is $25,840 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

License Renewal
8
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

Iowa cosmetology licenses expire every two years, and must be renewed by April 1 of even-numbered years. The fee to renew your license is $60. Iowa requires 8 hours of cosmetology continuing education each period to renew. Barbers only have to complete 4 hours of continuing education during each renewal period.

Careers
$25,840 
Salary
11.7%
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

O*Net predicts a 22% jump in cosmetology job openings by the year 2022 (2016). Currently, the average salary for an Iowa cosmetologist is $25,840 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as a Cosmetologist

No matter what you are passionate about in cosmetology, you can build a career that showcases your talents and interests. If you love hair color and coloring techniques, you can build a reputation for your killer bayalage. If you have a knack for picking the right haircut for every client’s face, you may fill your schedule with people looking for soft layers, angled bobs, and shaved sides. A nail salon could be the right place for you if you want to focus on nail art, and you may be right at home in a spa if esthetics is your specialty. In general, Iowa is the ideal place to start a career.

State board Contact Information

Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, IA
50319-0075
Phone Number: 515-281-0254
Fax Number: 515-281-3121

The Iowa State Board of Cosmetology can help you with any additional questions you may have about the licensing process.

Cosmetology has gradually become another way of life for those looking
for unique careers in Iowa. State projections foretell a slight increase in those
looking to become professionals over the next six years. Eager applicants
take guidance from these listed groups.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Cosmetologists and Barbers of Iowa
Professional Beauty Association

Find the Beauty Schools in Iowa that interest you below,

Capri College | Cedar Rapids - IA
Capri College | Davenport - IA
Aveda Institute Des Moines | Des Moines (West) - IA
Capri College | Dubuque - IA
The Salon Professional Academy | Iowa City - IA
American Hair Academy | Mount Pleasant - IA
Capri College | Waterloo - IA