Cosmetologists work their magic daily to transform plain Janes into divas and maintain the beauty of their already-stunning clients. While many assume that cosmetologists do nothing but clip hair and collect tips, these individuals actually provide an array of services in several branches of the field, from manicurists who keep those cuticles in check to estheticians who keep clients’ skin looking stellar. With a median pay of $22,500 a year, or $10.82 per hour, as of 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it may pay to put your beautification skills to work as a part of your career plan.
Comfortable Work Environment
Though cosmetologists are often on their feet most of the day, the environments in which they do this standing are generally pleasant, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They almost exclusively work indoors, so they aren't subjected to the varying weather as some in other professions may be. They also often enjoy good lighting, as quality illumination is necessary for them to perform their work optimally effectively. Their work spaces are commonly climate controlled and clean, making for a generally pleasing setting for performing work day to day.
For women who intend to try to do it all, cosmetology may be a wise career choice, as the profession offers flexibility. Cosmetologists often have the opportunity to set their schedules to fit their needs -- particularly when working in a privately owned salon, the cosmetology career center at Houston Community College reminds us. They can also elect to work on a part-time basis should they need to do so once kiddos enter the picture or if they simply decide they want to dedicate more time to keeping up the home front.
Room for Growth
Individuals who elect to seek a profession in cosmetology don’t necessarily have to chain themselves behind the service chair for 30 years. Instead, they can take advantage of the numerous growth opportunities within this field. Trained cosmetologists with a keen business sense can become salon managers and take care of more of the financial duties associated with running the business. Those who wish to be the boss can also work as private contractors, offering their services from the comfort of home or on a traveling basis.
People-Oriented Work Environment
If the thought of sitting, isolated in a cubicle for hours on end, makes your skin crawl, you can likely escape this fearful future by selecting a career in cosmetology. Cosmetologists work with people constantly. If you are a social butterfly who loves chit-chatting the day away, you will have plenty of time to do this as you render your services.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.