Cosmetology
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Overview
Cosmetology is a program that generally prepares individuals to cut, trim, and style scalp, facial, and body hair; apply cosmetic preparations; perform manicures and pedicures; massage the head and extremities; and prepare for practice as licensed cosmetologists in specialized or full-service salons. includes instruction in hair cutting and styling, manicuring, pedicuring, facial treatments, shampooing, chemical applications, esthetics, shop management, sanitation and safety, customer service, and applicable professional and labor laws and regulations.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in cosmetology at each level last year.
020K40K60K80K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's Degree
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all cosmetology graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 74% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 62% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in cosmetology earned in the last academic year, 95% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 96% of other programs.
Recommended careers
Following are the jobs recommended for those who study this degree. These are listed in order of highest nationwide employment.
Completions History
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Is this degree preparing you for a career with a salary you want? Are there lots of openings in the near future? The Department of Education suggests these careers as a starting list, and Ididio hopes that if the career you're most interested in doesn't appear here, you will head over to our careers site and learn more about paths to your best career.

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Salary Spread
Salary distribution for people in this occupation
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
How much school?
Education level of people in this occupation
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Employed
The number of people employed in this occupation
Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment for this occupation in 10 years
Annual Job Openings
The projected average number of job openings per year
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
$0$200K$25K
617,300
13.0%
92,500
Manicurists and Pedicurists
$0$200K$24K
126,300
13.2%
17,400
Skincare Specialists
$0$200K$31K
61,300
13.8%
8,500
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
$0$200K$64K
4,800
12.5%
700
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Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer cosmetology degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
ABC Beauty Academy
TX
43
43.0
$6,663
ASM Beauty World Academy
FL
130
43.3
45%
Academia Serrant Inc
PR
528
176.0
$6,196
Academy Di Capelli - School of Cosmetology
CT
69
5.3
$10,593
59%
Academy di Firenze
ID
10
10.0
$11,011
Academy for Salon Professionals
CA
91
22.8
$13,342
75%
Academy of Career Training
FL
164
27.3
$7,331
51%
Academy of Careers and Technology
WV
153
17.0
$4,118
Academy of Cosmetology
WI
32
10.7
$13,326
33%
Academy of Cosmetology
FL
125
15.6
$16,099
45%
Academy of Cosmetology
MT
39
$11,071
59%
Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics
MO
49
16.3
$4,905
Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics NYC
NY
93
18.6
$15,761
44%
Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology
CA
36
36.0
$11,193
48%
Academy of Hair Design - Beaumont
TX
64
32.0
$6,331
Academy of Hair Design - Grenada
MS
27
13.5
$16,983
Academy of Hair Design - Jackson
MS
85
28.3
$17,041
Academy of Hair Design - Jasper
TX
44
22.0
$6,646
25%
Academy of Hair Design - Las Vegas
NV
230
25.6
$15,794
39%
Academy of Hair Design - Lufkin
TX
128
18.3
$6,524
25%
Explore similar programs

Cosmetology is part of a larger collection of programs: Personal Services. Is there a different program that's close to Cosmetology that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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