Does a Cosmetologist Have to Work in a Salon?

Aug 09 2017

Where can someone with a cosmetology license work? Do cosmetologists have to work in salons? Here at Douglas J Aveda Institute, we get these questions a lot. The truth is, licensed cosmetologists can work in places that you may have never guessed, and the salon life doesn’t have to be the only option.

Here are a few fun places cosmetologists might consider working after graduation:

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The Business World

With a few years’ experience, a cosmetologist might choose to pursue a career path toward the business side of beauty. Becoming a platform artist or brand representative are two examples of business-driven occupations that cosmetologists could have. Most of the time, they are not “under” any lead stylist in one salon. They are often employed by a brand and are traveling different places, showing off the newest products. These individuals usually spend time coloring or styling hair still, but they are experiencing a variety of places and people. At Aveda, these people are called Purefessionals! Purefessionals travel around and educate people about products, techniques, and best practices developed by Aveda.

Another example of beauty business jobs is salon management. If you don’t want to work exclusively behind the chair, a management position might be your ideal career. Managers help schedule other stylists, do marketing for the business, and a variety of other things in addition to having their own appointments.

The Educational World

Cosmetology students who thrive during their time in school can take additional courses to become qualified to teach. Becoming a beauty school instructor is a great career path for those who want to help others become successful in the beauty industry and teach the tricks of the trade. Interacting with students and watching them grow can be a very rewarding experience for those who choose this beauty industry path.
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The Entrepreneurial World

Going to beauty school does not mean that you have to find a job working for someone else. There are great opportunities for cosmetology school graduates to build their own business. Many salon, spa and beauty school owners were once cosmetology students. The cosmetology program at Douglas J Aveda Institute offers comprehensive business and customer service instruction as part of the curriculum to help graduates prepare for the many business aspects of working in the beauty industry.

The Administrative World

Beauty schools can seek accreditation to help them build a reputation and become qualified to receive financial aid benefits. The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) is an example of an organization that beauty schools go through to gain accreditation. Working with/for NACCAS is an example of a beauty industry administrative job that could be pursued by cosmetology graduates.

Another administrative outlet that a cosmetologist may consider is in politics. We know what you’re thinking: what does cosmetology have to do with the government?

Each state has a board that governs the laws, rules and regulations that dictate what you have to do to become a licensed cosmetologist, barber, esthetician or any type of beauty professional. As you go through cosmetology school you learn about all of these rules and regulations because they directly affect you. Having knowledge and experience in this area can make you a great candidate to work for or on the state board.

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Looking for More Options?

There are still plenty of career options that Cosmetologists can explore! Check out Ten Outside-the-Box Jobs You Can Pursue With a Cosmetology License. There are some great suggestions for the cosmetologist who wants to break free of the norm.

Is Cosmetology a Good Career Choice for Me?

Cosmetology might be a good career choice for you if you’re passionate, driven, creative and ready to learn. If you think cosmetology is the right path and you’re ready to explore the world of opportunities it can provide, contact us to find out more about our program and to schedule a tour of one of our campuses.