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Career Options For Cosmetology Graduates

Jan 13, 2008
A career in cosmetology is very exciting and creative - you are rewarded the moment the customer leaves the salon, content and with a smile.

Cosmetology is a 60 billion-dollar industry, is stable and provides endless opportunities to graduates. Due to the nature of the work, it cannot be outsourced to another country. A cosmetologist can work anywhere in the country, part-time, full-time or even independently. Last year in the United States, there were 600,000-salon positions open.

Here Are Some Cosmetology Career Options That You Could Consider:

1. Do you love traveling? Want to become a stylist on a cruise liner or a luxury resort? You can also select places according to your weather preference. For example, you can work in Mexico if want to follow the sun in winter or work in a cooler place if you want to avoid the unbearable summer heat.

2. In cosmetology, you will be introduced to the exciting world of glamor and glitz. You can become a stylist for celebrities, and get a chance to work with leading international celebrities and models. If you have outstanding talent and creativity, then you could also work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

3. If you are a licensed Cosmetologist, then you can even pursue management positions in the corporate world. Big cosmetic companies offer lucrative sales positions, which can later lead to a higher paying marketing position.

4. If you don't want to work in the corporate world, you can become a manager of a large beauty salon where you will be responsible for the personal management, inventory control, payrolls and sales, training and even marketing.

5. If you prefer to be a boss, then you have a couple of options. If you are ready to take risk in finance, then you could open up a salon; another alternative would be to lease space from a salon owner. In this way, you can work with your customers at your own convenience.

6. Why not try teaching? This is a gratifying and a satisfying career choice. Many experienced cosmetologists take advanced courses to become instructors at private beauty schools, community colleges or vocational schools. As a trainer, you can share your knowledge and skills with aspiring beauticians and cosmetologists.

7. Are you a good writer? Then you can use your education and experience in cosmetology to write articles in your free time. Due to your hands-on experience, you will have lots of knowledge to share with readers who are interested in beauty tips or who want to know more about the beauty industry. This can also lead to a full time career as a writer or editor of a beauty magazine or website.

8. There is rapid growth in nursing due to the huge aging population and other home care and assisted living facilities. These facilities have on site salons. If you like working with active seniors to enhance their appearance, then this type of work can be quite gratifying.

There are many career options in the field of cosmetology. With a little research and the right training, you can find the one that is right for you.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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