Cosmetology Schools Enrolling more Male Students

In the long-standing world of beauty profession, women have far outnumbered men when it comes to choosing a career in cosmetology. But according to recent reports, more males are enrolling in cosmetology schools than ever before. The same is true in the allied health field, where an increase in total student enrollments in programs such as nursing show more and more men entering the field.

Also like the field of nursing, cosmetology jobs are growing at a faster rate than the average for all jobs in the nation. What many are crediting to availability however, some are crediting to a shift in perception among American workers. They want to spend more of their time doing a job that they love, instead of just working for the best paying profession:

(WJLA) May 3rd, 2012 – According to the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, the personal care industry is expected grow by 20 percent in the next eight years, which means you may see more men tending to your beauty needs.

At the Graham Webb Academy in Arlington, cosmetology students are well into their year-long training.

“I was a marketing major and … I had a 3.8 GPA, which the highest it’s ever been for me, and everyday coming home, I had the worst migraines and I just didn’t love it. I didn’t love what I was doing,’ said Nam Nguyen, student.

Despite the recent recession and loss of more than one and a half million jobs, the number of hair salons went up by nearly 8 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, the Professional Beauty Association says the field has actually added 75,000 jobs.

“When I was going to school, I think, I was one of two [men] so the industry has really grown for men.” said Christopher, an instructor at the school.

“Men are now getting more creative and they want to see their… read more at WJLA.

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