Career Opportunities

cosmetology studentAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, the median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $11.66 in May 2016, the highest 10% earned more than $23.58 hourly. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists may receive tips from customers.  High quality work and customer service usually contribute to greater tip totals.  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 2024.  Demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, nail and skin treatments for relaxation and medical purposes and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.

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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Richard Caliguri

Richard Caliguri
Cosmetology Instructor

"Being able to teach Cosmetology has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my hairdressing career. To be able to take a new batch of students who are open to new ideas and be able to help mold them into future stylists is very rewarding. I learn as much from the students as they learn from my teaching. Being associated with Allan Hancock College has allowed me to do what I love most: teach."

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Last Modified Jun 29, 2017