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Cosmetology, Barbers, and Hairdressers Occupational Outlook Looks Bright

By Julie Seruto Subscribe to RSS | May 14th 2012 | Views:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest Occupational Outlook Report, trade and technical schools have experienced strong growth during the past five years despite the recession and substantial cuts in federal funding. As such, the number of cosmetology and barber schools has remained fairly steady over the last five years. Cosmetology and Beauty Schools offer training for hairstyling and cosmetic arts, such as makeup or skin care. These include manicure and pedicure schools, beauty schools, cosmetology schools and barber colleges. Cosmetology & Beauty Schools provide job-specific certification because a state license is needed to practice these specialties commercially.

According to IBISWorld industry analyst Caitlin Moldvay: “Demand for Cosmetology and Beauty Schools is expected to grow in line with the gradual rise in income levels. Demand for all technical and trade schools is largely influenced by tuition costs, government funding, downstream demand for trade skills, technological advances and trends towards formal training. Similarly, the price of other forms of education can affect industry demand. As the price of attending a four-year college increases, many people opt for lower cost education alternatives offered by trade schools. Changing labor market requirements have encouraged job seekers to choose vocational courses rather than apprenticeships and on-the-job training. While technical and trade schools still face competition from the Junior Colleges industry, future prospects are good.”

Meanwhile, the future employers of Cosmetology and Beauty Schools graduates are also improving. IBISWorld projects that revenue growth for the Hair and Nail Salons industry will increase at an average annual rate of around 3% in the next five years. The industry will experience strong growth on the back of increasing per capita disposable income and declining unemployment toward the end of the five-year period. Since consumers will have more income, they will indulge in services beyond the simple haircut. Some of these higher-value services include deluxe manicures and pedicures, facials, hair modification treatments like permanent hair straightening and massages. Overall employment of barbers, hairdressers, cosmetologists, and shampooers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth rates will vary by specialty.

Moreover, adds Moldvay, “The growth of premium service will resume, providing opportunities for trained professionals. Prior to the recession, one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry was anti-aging remedies and treatments. There has been a growing consciousness toward well-being among the industry's key market of women older than 35. As a result, salons have expanded their anti-aging services to include a greater variety of facials, microdermabrasion and facial peels.” With improved economic conditions, consumers will once again have sufficient disposable income to indulge in these higher-value services, and the segment is expected to continue its prior growth trend.

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists focus on providing hair and beauty services to enhance clients’ appearance. Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair, mostly for male clients. They also may fit hairpieces and offer facial shaving. In every state, barbers are licensed to color, bleach, and highlight hair and to offer permanent-wave services. Common tools include combs, scissors, and clippers. IBISWorld also projects that revenue from the Personal Waxing and Nail Salon Industry revenue will increase even faster than that of hair salons.

Julie Seruto - About Author:
Gene Juarez Academy is the premiere cosmetology and hair stylist training program in the Pacific Northwest. Started in 1987, Gene Juarez Academy has training locations in Federal Way and Seattle. The name Gene Juarez is internationally recognized for being synonymous with outstanding salon guest service and artistic excellence.

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