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Career Outlook:

Earning Potential:


Job Growth:

11% (Faster than Average)



  • Introduction to cosmetology
  • Infection control and safety practices
  • Hair cutting and styling
  • Hair coloring and chemical treatments
  • Skin care and facials
  • Nail care and manicures/pedicures
  • Advanced hair cutting and styling techniques
  • Advanced hair coloring and chemical treatments
  • Makeup application and techniques
  • Sales and marketing strategies
  • And more!

The Cosmetology program at Collins Career Technical Center is designed to prepare high school students for careers in the beauty industry. The program provides a comprehensive education in hair, skin, and nail care, as well as makeup artistry and salon management. Students will learn about hair cutting, coloring, styling techniques, and skin and nail care treatments. The program also covers salon safety, sanitation, customer service, and marketing. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a salon-like environment and will work with real clients. Upon completing the program, students will be prepared to take the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology exam to obtain their license. The Cosmetology program is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists was $28,680 in May 2021.

What Do Cosmetologists Do?

Cosmetologists typically do the following:

  • Inspect and analyze hair, scalp, and skin to recommend services or treatment
  • Discuss hairstyle options
  • Shampoo, color, lighten, and condition hair
  • Chemically change hair texture
  • Cut, dry, and style hair
  • Trim facial hair
  • Receive payments from client
  • Clean and disinfect all tools and work areas

Careers in this Field

Immediate Careers:

  • Hairstylist
  • Nail Technician
  • Esthetician
  • Barber
  • Makeup Artist
  • Cosmetics Sales Representative
  • Salon Receptionist
  • Spa Technician
  • Beauty Advisor
  • Cosmetology Instructor

Careers with an associate's degree:

  • Salon or Spa Manager
  • Cosmetology Educator
  • Product Sales Representative
  • Marketing or Public Relations Specialist for Cosmetics Companies
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Fashion Show Stylist
  • Wig or Hairpiece Designer
  • Beauty Blogger or Influencer
  • Freelance Makeup Artist or Hairstylist
  • Event Planner for Weddings or Fashion Shows

Careers with a bachelor's degree or beyond:

  • Beauty Editor or Writer
  • Cosmetic Chemist or Formulation Scientist
  • Research and Development Specialist for Cosmetics Companies
  • Celebrity or Fashion Stylist
  • Advertising or Marketing Manager for Cosmetics Brands
  • Beauty Therapist or Trainer
  • Image Consultant or Personal Stylist
  • Cosmetology School Director
  • Salon Chain Owner or Franchisee
  • Medical Aesthetician or Laser Technician

These are just a few examples of the many career paths. The cosmetology industry offers a wide range of opportunities for those who are passionate about beauty, fashion, and personal care.


Kim Gleichauf

Substitute Teacher
High School

Meghan Gillum

Health and Services Academies Supervisor
High School

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