Types of Degrees Cosmetology Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many cosmetology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Cosmetology Majors Need to Know
People with careers related to cosmetology were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.
Knowledge Areas for Cosmetology Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Skills for Cosmetology Majors
A major in cosmetology prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Abilities for Cosmetology Majors
Cosmetology majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
What Can You Do With a Cosmetology Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with cosmetology:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers||14.6%||$38,400|
|Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists||13.0%||$24,730|
|Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance||12.5%||$64,250|
|Manicurists and Pedicurists||13.2%||$24,330|
Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||140|
|Hispanic or Latino||216|
Students from other countries are interested in Cosmetology, too. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
How Much Do Cosmetology Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $30,190 to $41,710 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to cosmetology. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Cosmetology
Some degrees associated with cosmetology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to cosmetology have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||12.4%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||15.7%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||45.8%|
|Some College Courses||7.1%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||8.5%|
Online Cosmetology Programs
In 2018-2019, 1,715 schools offered a cosmetology program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||2,281||1|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||2,321||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||187||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Cosmetology Worth It?
The median salary for a cosmetology grad is $33,220 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
Trades Related to Cosmetology
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to cosmetology.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Funeral & Mortuary Science||1,965|
|Other Personal & Culinary Services||320|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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