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Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor

9 Associates's Degrees Annually
#214 in Popularity (Associate's)
$30,190 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 867
Undergraduate Certificate 394
Associate Degree 13

What Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor Majors

Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Skills for Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor Majors

When studying cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor Majors

A major in cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

What Can You Do With a Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor Major?

People with a cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Barbers 13.5% $27,960
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 13.0% $24,730

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor?

13 Associate's Degrees Annually
92% Percent Women
69% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 92% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 4
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $30,190 to $33,220 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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.

Median Salary for a Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor Major  ( 30190 to 33220 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 10.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 23.1%
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) 54.7%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.9%
Master’s Degree 0.6%

Online Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 645 schools offered some type of cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor program. 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 199 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 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, Hair & Nail Instructor Worth It?

The median salary for a cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor grad is $30,190 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor.

Major Number of Grads
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 45,592
Aesthetician/Esthetician & Skin Care Specialist 24,512
Nail Technician/Specialist & Manicurist 8,655
Barbering/Barber 8,159
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 2,079
Other Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts 1,737
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,187
Hair Styling/Stylist & Hair Design 1,037
Make-Up Artist/Specialist 797
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager 322
Electrolysis/Electrology & Electrolysis Technician 232
Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup & Tattooing 26

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities 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 racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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