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Basic Certificate in Cosmetology

41,711 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 58% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.6% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

In 2018-2019, 41,711 basic certificate were awarded to cosmetology majors. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in cosmetology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 61,023
Basic Certificate 41,711
Associate’s Degree 940

Earnings of Cosmetology Majors With Basic Certificate

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for cosmetology majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in cosmetology. About 94.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,347
Women 39,364
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificate in Cosmetology

The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5,008
Black or African American 7,429
Hispanic or Latino 10,218
White 16,173
International Students 269
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,614
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cosmetology Basic Certificate Students

Cosmetology Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 21,362
Nail Technician & Manicurist 9,857
General Cosmetology 3,627
Facial Treatment Specialist 1,668
Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor 1,319

Below are some popular majors that are similar to cosmetology that offer basic certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 8,217
Other Personal & Culinary Services 235
Funeral & Mortuary Science 172


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

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