According to statistics from the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, the field of cosmetology contributed to over 825,000 jobs in 2006, and these job numbers continue to grow. In fact, this study concluded that the employment rate of cosmetologists will grow at a faster rate than all other occupations’ averages throughout the year 2016.
As jobs in cosmetology are on the rise, community colleges
are implementing more cosmetology programs to provide students with necessary skills, education, and background to succeed in the field.
What is a Cosmetologist’s Job Duties?
A cosmetologist is an individual who is certified to provide services to clients, which may include:
- Hair Cutting
- Hair Styling
- Hair Coloring
- Makeup Application
- Nail Treatments / Manicures
- Body / Skin Treatments
How Do I Become a Certified Cosmetologist?
In order to work as a cosmetologist, you must be state-licensed. To achieve this licensing, you typically must graduate from a state-licensed cosmetology program and pass an examination. Many community colleges across the country provide students with convenient and accredited programs
to help students become licensed and certified practitioners.
How Do I Take the Certification Test?
As the requirements and certifications for cosmetologists vary from state to state, community college advisors can help students prepare and find the appropriate resources for state testing. For example, as the Houston Community College
Systems explain, “Students who successfully complete the entire curriculum, and have met the required clock hours are qualified to take the examination for licensing given by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.” After completing the examination, “those who are approved by the
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