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Facts About Cosmetologists
By Catherine Copeland, eHow Contributor updated July 01, 2011
Cosmetology is the study and profession of coloring, cutting and styling hair for both men and women. A cosmetologist is typically a licensed professional through the state in which she resides. If you want to go into the field of cosmetology, then you must know several facts about cosmetologists before making a decision.
You must meet several education requirements to become a qualified and licensed cosmetologist. A high school diploma is almost always required, as is some training at a cosmetology vocational school. Some states require an apprenticeship within a licensed hair salon or barbershop. You can also receive additional education and licensing for to perform manicures and pedicures, facials and waxing.
A cosmetologist spends the day styling clients' hair to their liking, all while maintaining the popular styles and looks of the day. Aside from cutting, coloring and styling hair, a cosmetologist works hard each day to get to know his clients. The personal attention and friendly conversation, as well as the great haircut, keep clients returning month after month. A cosmetologist also might work in the area of facials, manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the field of cosmetology
is expected to grow about 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 -- a faster pace than other fields. The job outlook is considered favorable for entry-level workers; however, you must realize you will be working in a competitive environment. The competition is exceptionally fierce at high-end styling establishments.
Many cosmetologists get a small base rate, but make most of their income via tips. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2008, the average hourly wage of a cosmetologist was $11.13 -- tips and commissions included. A cosmetologist's salary can vary based on the area in which she works in, the number of regular customers she has and the type of salon that employs her.
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I would think that competency, professionalism and ethics in dealing with clients as well as employees/coworkers and employers would be huge factors in the field. The cosmetologist may use heat styling tools which can actually burn a client and cause serious injury (as with scissors which have two blades and may cut a client).