Working Conditions – Cosmetology Career

Many full-time barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers put in a 40-hour week, but longer hours are common, especially among self-employed workers. Work schedules may include evenings and weekends, the times when beauty salons and barbershops are busiest. Many workers, especially those who are self-employed, determine their own schedules. In 2008, about 29 percent of barbers, hairstylists and cosmetologists worked part time, and 14 percent had variable schedules.

Barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers usually work in clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and ventilation. Most work in a salon or barbershop, although some may work in a spa, hotel, or resort. Good health and stamina are important, because these workers are on their feet for most of their shift. Prolonged exposure to some hair and nail chemicals may cause irritation, so protective clothing, such as plastic gloves or aprons, may be worn.

Nail technicians work in salons and provide various services including manicures.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition


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  2. Me too giirl (:

  3. i love make uo

  4. I love doing hair make up and nails etc i would definatley make and exception for this!!!

  5. I totally agree. I’ve actually been looking into this career and this is really good pointers and info for a research paper I’m writing about cosmetology.

  6. I love to do hair and makeup.

  7. OMG i am glad that i am doing this career

  8. Me too I love doing HAIR!

  9. I am looking in to this career , I was wondering can you pretty much set your own hours and still make a pretty good salary??? I hope someone can help me on this , So that I can make a final decision. I really need some pointers in this career field. All I know is I love doing hair!!!

    • Pretty much. Especially when YOU own your own business and have others working for you. But then you’ll need more than just a cosmetologists’ license.

  10. i love doing hair , nails , make;up e.t.c. im proud that im doin this career

  11. I love doing this I have always loved to do hair and nails especially

  12. I only like to do the makeup. I’m really good at it & I can do it really pretty.. Mixed colors , leopard print and things like that.