Cosmetology
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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.
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
People with this degree have gone on to work in these careers
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and PerformanceManicurists and PedicuristsSkincare Specialists
undefined majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
High School
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.
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Recommended careers
Following are the jobs recommended for those who study this degree. These are listed in order of highest nationwide employment.
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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Cosmetology doing?

New data from College Scorecard gives us a glimpse into the earnings and debt for recent graduates in their first year or two after leaving school. Shown is the distribution of the medians reported for all schools with graduates in the given program/award level.

Starting salaries by award level
$16K$16K$0$5K$10K$15K$20K$25KAssociate's DegreeCertificate
Median cumulative federal loan amount
$10K$12K$0$5K$10K$15K$20K$25KAssociate's DegreeCertificate
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What careers are recommended with this degree?

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
683,800
8.5%
94,600
Manicurists and Pedicurists
$0$200K$24K
156,300
10.1%
20,300
Skincare Specialists
$0$200K$31K
71,800
10.9%
9,400
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
$0$200K$64K
4,500
7.0%
600
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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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1481 schools offer this program (all levels) in the selected area.
School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Educational Technical College - Recinto de Bayamon"
PR
220
$17,736
100%
ABC Adult School
CA
231
ABC Beauty Academy
TX
63
43.0
$6,907
ASM Beauty World Academy
FL
156
43.3
45%
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
GA
4,032
24.2
$7,687
50%
22%
Academia Serrant Inc
PR
517
176.0
$5,880
Academy Di Capelli - School of Cosmetology
CT
133
5.3
$15,059
59%
Academy di Firenze
ID
10
10.0
$7,112
Academy for Salon Professionals
CA
83
22.8
$10,347
75%
Academy of Career Training
FL
170
27.3
$7,883
51%
Academy of Careers and Technology
WV
129
17.0
$6,596
Academy of Cosmetology
FL
122
15.6
$13,511
45%
Academy of Cosmetology
MT
37
$9,910
59%
Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics
MO
25
16.3
$5,597
Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics NYC
NY
88
18.6
$18,199
44%
Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology
CA
45
36.0
$9,372
48%
Academy of Hair Design - Beaumont
TX
65
32.0
$6,488
Academy of Hair Design - Grenada
MS
39
13.5
$18,005
Academy of Hair Design - Jackson
MS
50
28.3
$18,183
Academy of Hair Design - Jasper
TX
46
22.0
$6,375
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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