Where Do Beauty School Graduates Work?

What kind of a job can I get after I graduate?

If you’re currently attending beauty school or cosmetology school — or even if you’re thinking about getting career training at a beauty or cosmetology school — you’re probably asking yourself, “What next? What kind of a job can I get after I graduate?”

By Allen Ury

The Good News

There are many places where people trained in the art and science of cosmetology can find jobs. Some of these places are obvious. Others may come as a surprise to you.

Following are some of the places with jobs for beauty and cosmetology school graduates:

Beauty salons. This is a no-brainer. When most people think “beauty school,” they think hairdressing. Fortunately for anyone with hairdresser training, there’s probably at least one salon — if not dozens — in every city, town, village and burg in North America. The kind of styling practiced in these salons naturally vary by location. (Hairdressing in New York and Los Angeles is somewhat different than in Sioux City, Iowa or Pearl River, Mississippi.) So does the pay scale. So be sure to train for the kind of hairdressing you’re most likely to practice in the community where you want to live.

Barber shops. “Barber shop” is the traditional term for what many now call “male hair styling studios.” Like beauty salons, barbershops are found everywhere. Men’s hair always grows, and someone has to cut it.

Nail Studios. In communities nationwide, you’ll find a growing number of shops dedicated specifically to providing manicures and pedicures. Nail studios not only trim and color nails, but also provide nail strengthening treatments and extensions.

Photography studios. Studios that regularly photograph professional models often employ — or use freelance — makeup artists to prepare their subjects for the camera. You’ll not only find such studios in major fashion centers like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, but also in smaller cities where makeup artists are needed to prepare local models used in catalogs, websites, print and broadcast advertising, and other commercial ventures.

Local T.V. Stations. There are literally hundreds of cities throughout the United States and Canada that support one or more local TV stations. Each one of these stations has a news and public affairs department, and each one of these departments has one or more makeup artists and hairdressers on staff to prepare their on-air personalities and guests for the camera.

Motion Picture and Television Studios. If you’re truly ambitious, you can consider work in the TV and motion picture industry. Hollywood studios and production companies employ hundreds of makeup artists to prepare actors to work on feature films, TV programs (broadcast, cable and streaming) and commercials. Such work often involves not only traditional makeup and hairstyling, but also the use of masks and prosthetics to dramatically alter a performer’s appearance.

Professional Theater. Many cities have one or more professional theaters where local repertory groups or touring companies stage Broadway-style plays and musicals. Many of these theaters employ full-time, part-time or freelance makeup artists trained in the art of stage makeup.

Dermatologists Offices. Estheticians trained in skin care often work alongside licensed dermatologists to help patients deal with skin relations diseases and conditions.

Hospital Burn Units. Likewise, some estheticians work in hospitals helping burn victims recover from mild to severe injuries from fires and chemical burns.

These are just a few of the many job opportunities available to cosmetology and beauty school graduates. Specific opportunities will naturally depend on your location, your field of study, your skill level, and your work ethic.

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