So you’ve thought about what you want to do in life, and that is go to cosmetology school and become a licensed cosmetologist. Awesome! Now, comes the fun part: research! Cosmetologists cut hair, treat skin and style nails for customers of a spa or salon. Some are self-employed and take clients in their shops or homes. Median 2010 annual pay was a relatively modest $22,500 for barbers, hairdressers and cosmetologists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Low wages aside, the job does come with a number of benefits. Have you looked in to what those benefits might be? What about the cons?

In this article, I’m going to go over the pros of becoming a cosmetologist to give you a better look at the career.

To work as a cosmetologist, you must complete an accredited cosmetology program approved by your state. You must also obtain a state license. Once you meet these technical requirements, you have the flexibility to work in a position where you basically are your own boss. In a spa or salon, you may be a regular employee or you may work independently and get paid based on the clientele you bring in. With projected job growth of 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the bureau, you would have little trouble finding work on your own if you don’t like your employment setup.

Cosmetologists who succeed in the business enjoy the opportunity to build relationships with clients and, in some cases, co-workers. If you are friendly and good at your work, your top customers may stick with you for years. Some clients even move with their cosmetologists when they change salons. Hair, skin and nail treatments may last hours, giving you a chance to hold pleasant conversations with your clients. Once you establish initial rapport, it is not uncommon for cosmetologists to discuss personal life events with their clients.

Cosmetologists usually have a passion for fashion and style. They like to stay on the cutting edge of trends in hair and skin care, and share their knowledge with clients. Seeing a satisfied look on a client’s face after giving her a dramatic new look is very rewarding for many cosmetologists. Closely related to trendsetting is the opportunity to work in a creative endeavor. Cosmetologists are essentially hair, skin and nail artists trying to bring out the beauty in their clients.

Trade shows and educational seminars are common in cosmetology, and many cosmetologists frequent these training venues to stay up with developments in the industry. While they offer the chance to learn, they also add to the fun factor in the cosmetology profession. Spas and salons are typically relaxed and positive workplaces. Clients come for rest and stress relief, and appreciate when cosmetologists encourage a fun and lighthearted environment.

So those are some of the pros to becoming a cosmetologist, but as with every pro, there is a con. In the next article, I’m going to go over some of the cons that accompany this career field. Stay tuned!

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