According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the personal appearance industry is set to enjoy faster than average growth---in fact, jobs in the beauty sector are forecast to increase by 20 per cent in the next eight years. Working in the beauty industry has many perks, including strong earning potential, flexible hours and the opportunity to be your own boss. There are also numerous career paths to explore depending on your area of interest and skills.
Hairdressers provide clients with exceptional customer service while performing services such as cutting, styling, perming, highlighting, colouring and relaxing. Hairstylists can also specialise in working with wigs and extensions. Employment opportunities are vast. Although the majority of stylists work in salons, they can also work on cruise ships, on film, theatre and television productions and at fashion shows. Working as a hairstylist requires a cosmetology license.
Skincare specialists perform treatments that aid the appearance and health of the skin. From facial massage to microdermabrasion, a skincare specialist knows how to make every client's skin look and feel amazing. Job opportunities are plentiful for skincare specialists and include working in salons and spas, at retail establishments and on cruise ships and resorts. Working in this field requires a cosmetology license.
A manicurist provides beauty treatments for the hands and nails, while a pedicurist works with the feet and toes. These treatments typically include a massage, nail filing, buffing and finally painting. As part of a recognised cosmetology program, students will learn both manicure and pedicure treatments. Advanced courses that focus on nail art and nail extensions are helpful to manicurists and pedicurists so that they can offer their clients a wide array of services.
Spa therapists have similar job roles to skincare specialists, but they also perform advanced spa treatments, such as full-body wraps, massage and exfoliation. Spa therapist professionals usually attend specialised courses and workshops to learn about products and spa equipment in addition to attaining a cosmetology diploma. Spa therapists can work in hotels, at resorts, on cruise ships and in beauty salons.
Make-up artists receive their qualifications through a beauty college or private vocational school. Many make-up artists also have a cosmetology diploma, although this is not required in most states. Their main job role is to apply make-up to their clients to emulate a certain look. Make-up artists can specialise in fashion, film, television, bridal or theatrical make-up. They can also work as a representative for a cosmetics company and deal with the general public.
Beauty Product Sales Representative
A beauty product sales representative sells products on behalf of a company either directly to customers or to businesses. The qualifications of a rep depend on the job role. For example, a representative working at a beauty counter in a department store may not need any previous training, whereas a representative who sells products to salons may be required to have a cosmetology diploma and/or a business degree. This beauty career is suited for those who are interested in personal appearance and are sales-motivated, as salaries are usually based heavily on commission.