Jobs in the Hair & Beauty Industry

Updated April 17, 2017

Jobs in the hair and beauty industry are varied and plentiful. In a society where people thrive on looking their best, these professionals are in high demand. Most positions do require some type of training or certification. Jobs are also available in many different settings, from salons to spas to doctor's offices.

Professional Hair Stylist/Colorist

Becoming a professional hair stylist and/or colourist is a good choice for someone who enjoys playing with hair and helping others look their best. These hair professionals can do everything from trim fringe to colour and perm hair. Many beauty schools in the country offer programs in hair cutting, styling, and colouring. Stylists can find work directly for a salon or just rent space in another location. Some stylists even have the set-up for a salon at their own homes and have clients come to their house. Stylists do usually work long hours, including weekends. Saturdays are typically the busiest days for hair appointments. There tends to be a high rate of burnout for hair stylists, but it can also be a very rewarding job.

Make-up Artist/Cosmetologist

Careers in the make-up and cosmetic industry are diverse. Make-up artists work in many capacities, including salon work, make-up for television and movies, advertising, theatre, runway shows, and weddings. Make-up artists are solely responsible for the application of make-up, including concealer, highlighter, foundation, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lipstick. Make-up artists choose appropriate products and styles to coincide with a desired look or style. There is always the potential to advance in this industry, and no strict training requirements. Cosmetologists, on the other hand, undergo many hours of training and certifications. They are employed to work on a client's hair, skin, and nails. Cosmetologists will choose the best cosmetics for a customer's skin and then show them how to properly apply them. They can also cut and colour hair, as well as perform waxing, manicures, and pedicures.


Another option in the hair and beauty industry is to become an aesthetician. Aestheticians who work in a salon or spa setting perform many of the same functions as a cosmetologist; however, more aestheticians are being employed by doctors' offices and surgery centres. These licensed professionals often help with a patient's skincare regimen both before and after surgery or work with plastic surgeons to improve skin while also camouflaging any bruises or discolouration. Many times, they will work to assist cancer patients or those with other illnesses to look their best. Medical aestheticians also work to relax patients by using massage therapy. They perform critical functions to help patients throughout their treatment programs.

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Kara Riccitelli is a writer and editor with more than a decade of professional experience. She joined the staff of The Vindicator, a daily newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio. Her articles and section layouts have appeared in numerous special advertising sections of The Vindicator. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and editing from Youngstown State University.