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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,319
Undergraduate Certificate 553
Associate’s Degree 9

What Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

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

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

A major in cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

As you progress with your cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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?

9 Associate's Degrees Annually
89% Percent Women
89% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 89% of the recent graduates in this field are 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 2
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 1
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 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.

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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. 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, barber/styling, and nail instructor have obtained the following education levels.

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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 2018-2019, 699 schools offered a cosmetology, barber/styling, and nail instructor 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) 542 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 214 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 542 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 52,002
Aesthetician/Esthetician & Skin Care Specialist 23,657
Nail Technician/Specialist & Manicurist 10,042
Barbering/Barber 8,937
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 1,732
Other Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts 1,563
Make-Up Artist/Specialist 1,409
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,142
Hair Styling/Stylist & Hair Design 773
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager 247
Electrolysis/Electrology & Electrolysis Technician 239
Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup & Tattooing 50

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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