Beauty, Cosmetology & Massage

If you enjoy helping people look and feel their best, a degree in Cosmetology may be the perfect fit.

Types of Degrees

When searching for schools in the Cosmetology field, it's important to find a school that prepares you for the state licensing exam, which Cosmetologists must complete before working in the industry. In such programs, you can expect instruction in hair removal, skin theory, manicure, pedicure, nail extensions, salon management, and the biological foundations of the skin. Most licensing and certification programs can be completed in six months, after which you take the state licensing exam and begin your career. Associate degrees, which typically take two years, are also an option and can provide you with additional instruction in business, entrepreneurship, and management.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Cosmetology Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Cosmetology include:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Hairdresser
  • Makeup Artist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Skincare Specialist was $34,090 in 2019 
(1). Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists earned a median salary of $26,270 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.