So you want to move ahead in your beauty career but don’t know where to start? Look into specialized training and certification.
Why get training in this field? The beauty industry is thriving! The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that employment for hair stylists, barbers, and cosmetologists is projecting growth of about 10% by 2024 — faster than average growth, which indicates a booming industry. Now is the time for aspiring professionals to obtain certifications and training.
Certification demonstrates to employers that you’ve gained job-specific skills and knowledge. And, the right certification can raise your pay and facilitate promotions and job security!
Raise your beauty career to the next level.
Cosmetologist:In every state, cosmetologists must be licensed and pass a national licensing exam. But, requirements based on class hours, age, and background vary by state. Individuals with a cosmetology certificate or degree typically have proven hair cutting/styling/coloring skills, nail care, waxing, among other services. Candidates may choose to pursue a certificate program, which generally can be completed in less than a year or an associate’s degree, which typically takes two years. Programs generally cover instruction in the services mentioned above, and some train in small business finance, management. NACCAS is the largest accrediting agency for cosmetology programs.
Licensed Barber:All barbers must be licensed, but as with cosmetology training, specific requirements vary by state. Some candidates may qualify solely by apprenticing, others require classwork/certification, while still others require both. Barber duties include trimming/shaving facial hair, facial/scalp massage, chemically straightening or curling hair, plus hair cutting. The term “master barber” implies the professional has achieved a higher level of training or proficiency, but again, the specific qualifications can vary from amount of experience to whether one manages the barbershop.
Nail Technician:Naturally, nail technicians learn about the care and maintenance of nails, but the most useful training programs also teach sales techniques, customer service, sanitation and hygiene, and salon management. All technicians must be licensed, and this requires passing a cosmetology or nail tech program and a state exam. Training time, which may combine theory and practice, ranges from state to state, with most requiring between 300–400 hours.
Skincare specialists:Individuals interested in focusing their work on care of facial skin or adding this expertise to their skill set must be licensed. Again, specific requirements vary by state, but generally include completion of a state-approved cosmetology or esthetician program as well as a state exam. Skincare specialists may work in salons, spas, or in clinics where they may assist doctors such as dermatologists and plastic surgeons.