Cosmetology Careers

A cosmetology diploma from an accredited online college offers many exciting career paths within the beauty and entertainment fields including salon manager, hairstylist, nail and skin professional and make-up artist. Cosmetologists, or one who has earned a cosmetology diploma, help people look and feel good about themselves. Typical coursework includes classes in physiology, anatomy, chemistry, hygiene and sanitation, as well as real-world experience. Diplomas can be earned from nine months to two years depending on emphasis, with specialty fields such as manicurist or pedicurist requiring a shorter training period. All fifty states require cosmetologists to be licensed with certification requirements varying by state.

Employment Opportunities

Cosmetology professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Beauty Salons
  • Theater
  • Film and Television
  • Cosmetic Companies
  • Department Stores
  • Dermatology Clinics


Cosmetology professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Self confidence
  • Ability to keep current on hair, skin, nail and beauty care trends
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to connect on a personal level with diverse populations

Industry Spotlight

Job prospects for those earning their cosmetology diplomas are expected to be strong and anticipated to grow by 14 percent over the next 7 years. This growth primarily will be a result of an increasing population and from the growing demand for personal appearance services, particularly skin care services.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008