Cosmetology
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Overview
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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.
Careers for program graduates
Following are recommended careers for people who earn cosmetology degrees, with color indicating the most common education attained by other workers.
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and CosmetologistsManicurists and PedicuristsShampooersSkincare Specialists
No degree
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.
020K40K60K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's Degree
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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 76% 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 63% 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.
Completions History

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Number of graduates
020,00040,00060,00080,000100,000200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
2-4 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
0-1 Year Certificate
Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Services doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field cosmetology and related personal grooming services, which includes cosmetology.

Median starting salaries
$16K$16K$0$5K$10K$15K$20K$25KAssociate'sCertificate
Median cumulative loan amount
$10K$12K$0$5K$10K$15K$20K$25KAssociate'sCertificate
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer cosmetology degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Services. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes 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.

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