Choosing a Career in the Beauty Industry

Why Should You Choose a Career in Beauty?

Last month, we discussed the benefits of cosmetology school and why Artisan School of Cosmetology is your choice in the Parkersburg area. Now that you’re set on applying, you might be wondering what’s out there for you upon graduation.


Like we mentioned in that post, 90 percent of our students have a job upon graduation. These jobs can vary from hair styling, to makeup artists, to aestheticians, and each comes with its own set advantages.


As you are looking toward graduation, or still considering if a career in beauty is right for you, it’s good to know first what your options are. Even with modern advancements, cosmetology careers are as necessary as ever. Now that the world is opening back up after closing due to COVID, many find themselves looking to salons to fix haircuts, provide nail services, and to pamper skin with facials and treatments. Many people just want to feel normal by getting regular beauty services every so often. Without new stylists and cosmetologist coming into the workforce, many salons may feel overworked. There is a consistent need to accept new clients.


The Beauty Industry is Not as Far-Fetched As You Think

One thing that may deter prospective cosmetology students is thinking that there are no jobs in the beauty industry in their area. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of cosmetology-related jobs in Ohio and West Virginia is in the tens of thousands.


Something worth mentioning is that the beauty industry takes a lot of creative power and hard work. Many jobs, like makeup artists, aestheticians, and nail technicians may undergo apprenticeships or assistant positions to learn the ropes of the job. These can feel overwhelming and you may feel discouraged or want to jump right into the industry. However, these entry-level positions can help you to build clientele and help you to learn from experienced cosmetologists on how to perfect your craft.


While the opportunities in the beauty industry are truly endless, we are going to focus on the following:

  • Makeup Artistry
  • Salon Workers – Barbers, Hair Stylists
  • Aestheticians
  • Nail Technicians


Becoming a Makeup Artist for Celebrities, Stores, and Internet Influence

Makeup artistry is something that takes training and dedication to become a master. At Artisan School, students learn makeup application during the 600-hour aesthetician program. In your studies, you will learn how to color match along with current makeup trends to help bring out natural beauty in all clients.


Once you finish cosmetology school, there are many makeup-related job opportunities out there. Many department stores with beauty counters hire makeup artists to help sell and apply makeup on customers. Here you will stay up-to-date on current trends and continue learning proper makeup application while simultaneously building relationships with customers. You may even take and schedule clients for special event makeup like weddings, proms, and graduations. Don’t be surprised if they follow you to your next position, too!


Another option many makeup artists may try is theatrical makeup or movie makeup. Keeping an actor or actress’ makeup looking beautiful and lasting through bright lights and movement is a feat on its own. Being able to prove yourself as a theatrical or even celebrity makeup artist will open many doors for your career in beauty down the road. According to The Balance, this branch of the industry is expected grow by about 13 percent over the next decade.


Finally, one newer option many makeup artists may choose is the realm of Internet influencer. Many social media platforms house a niche for makeup lovers who share tips, tricks, and products. Trained makeup artists can quickly gain a following by showing off their skills, giving them networking opportunities and the chance to connect with brands, businesses, and others in the beauty industry.


Hair Stylist Opportunities After Cosmetology School

Those who complete cosmetology school with hair in mind may find their career as a hair stylist or barber. Starting your career can feel like a challenge, especially if you do not have a set clientele yet. Having studied at Artisan School of Cosmetology, you will have a set of regular customers after undergoing many hours of in-salon training.


There are many opportunities that hair stylists and barbers can jump on during their career. From the standard services of haircuts, color, and styling, many hair stylists can specialize or cross train to expand their repertoire in other services, like makeup, waxing, or nails.


One job path that many salon workers may not consider is sales. Like we mentioned with makeup artists, hair stylists learn how to use and pick out the best products for various hair types and budget options. Working at a hair care or beauty store can help you to both set up clients but also share your knowledge on hair products.


Another thing to consider when pursuing a career in beauty is the customer service aspect. As most hair stylists and barbers may tell you, they are much, much more than just someone who “does hair.” Many clients turn to their stylists for life advice, to share good and bad news, and when they just need to feel more confident. There is a special bond between a stylist and their customer, no matter how long or short they’ve known each other. Remember the importance of customer service and personality when looking into hair stylist positions.


Becoming an Aesthetician to Promote Skin Care

A few months ago we discussed the benefits of Artisan’s aesthetician program. Many salon workers, resort personnel, and spa attendants are aestheticians. This means that they can provide facials, skin care treatments, waxing, and sometimes laser treatments.


Becoming an aesthetician is more than just applying products to a client’s face. You must know the proper products, what to use on different skin types, and how to apply them properly. Most importantly, aestheticians must understand how to implement infection control to keep their clients and themselves safe.


Nail Technicians Help Clients Feel Their Best

Finally, nail technicians are another career opportunity that many cosmetologists pursue. Future nail technicians learn how to apply and remove acrylics, provide standard manicures and pedicures, and free-hand techniques to make each client unique. Nail technicians can find work in nail salons, hair salons, and many even start their own businesses along with other services that they know, including makeup and hair.


As we mentioned with makeup, many nail technicians can also find extra opportunities by using social media. This is a great way to show off your skills and network with other nail technicians, clients, and cosmetologists across the globe.


Are You Ready for Your Career in the Beauty Industry?

Now that you know that a career in the beauty industry is in fact obtainable, are you ready to give it a go? Reach out to Artisan School of Cosmetology to learn about our campus and how to apply. We offer programs options through Climb Credit. We can’t wait to meet you and help you on your journey!


To learn more about the benefits of a career in beauty or about our cosmetology school, give Artisan School of Cosmetology in Parkersburg, WV, a call at (304) 834-3600. Follow us on Facebook to learn about specials, services, and more.