Cosmetology is working with skin, hair and nails. Which includes things
like hair styling, cutting, coloring, shampooing, manicures, waxing, facials,
etc. "More than a half a million people work as cosmetologists." (Careers For
Woman Without College Degrees 254) It is a great profession for people who
would like to have a career in the beauty industry. It's a great career for a
mother in a two income family or if you're just living on your own. This career
is not only for woman, it is also great for men.
The pay is not that bad, but usually wouldn't workout for a single
mother with more than one kid, unless she owned her own business. A beginner
will make between $12,000 and $13,000 a year. After you are more experienced
you could make between $18,000 to $24,000 a year.
There are not any benefits that are definate. When you find a salon to
work at, you discuss benefits with the person who hires you, but if you own your
own salon, you have no benifits, but you can decide your own vacations.
As a cosmetologist you usually would work a full work day. Most people
work 44 hours a week, but some work 48 hours or more.
There are many ways to get schooling to be a cosmetologist. You could
go to either a public or private vocational school, which some high schools
offer. You could also go to a beauty school. You must be 16 or older to go to
a beauty school. In your classes your training...