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$30,190 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Hair Styling & Design Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many hair styling/stylist and hair design graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 997
Basic Certificate 40

What Hair Styling & Design Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to hair styling 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 Hair Styling Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in hair styling 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 Hair Styling Majors

hair styling majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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 Hair Styling Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a hair styling student include the following:

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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 Hair Styling & Design Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with hair styling:

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

How Much Do Hair Styling & Design Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Hair Styling 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.

Median Salary for a Hair Styling & Design Major  ( 30190 to 33220 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some degrees associated with hair styling 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 hair styling 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 Hair Styling & Design Programs

In 2019-2020, 113 schools offered a hair styling 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 99 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 5 0
Associate’s Degree 0 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 Hair Styling & Design Worth It?

The median salary for a hair styling 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 hair styling.

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
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, & Nail Instructor 1,274
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,187
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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