Career Opportunities

cosmetology studentAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, median hourly wages in May 2008 for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, including tips and commission, were $11.13. Among skin care specialists, median hourly wages, including tips, were $13.81. Although earnings for entry-level workers are low, with experience pay can become considerably higher. Attracting and maintaining regular clientele, size and location of the salon and other factors all play a role in how much an individual can make.

Cosmetology jobs are expected to grow much faster than average between now and 2018 due to a higher demand for hair, nail and skin treatments for relaxation and medical purposes.

With an Associate in Science or Certificate in Cosmetology you will be prepared to find employment in leading beauty salons, skin care salons and department stores. Many graduates become self-employed or open their own salon. Job opportunities also exist as cosmetics, hair and nail companies’ sales representatives, technicians and educators.

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Jeannie Montoyo

Jeannie Montoyo
Cosmetology Student

"Being a Santa Maria Beauty College student at Allan Hancock College has been some of the most fun days of my life. The staff are friendly, and I'm always excited to see classmates who share the same dreams as I do and are always helpful."
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Last Modified Feb 8, 2017