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Career options for a cosmetologist

Career Options for a Cosmetologist

For most people, choosing the right career path is probably one of the most important life decisions they will ever have to make. If you happen to be faced with making that choice right now, you might agree that it’s one of the most difficult ones. Choosing the right career should definitely be a priority and align with your future goals and your current passions.

If you’re a fan of all things beauty-industry related, maybe a future in cosmetology has crossed your mind. But does that mean – all hair, all the time? Not necessarily. One of the best things about getting cosmetology training, is that it can take you just about anywhere! And where that is – is entirely up to you. To help you get on the path to your future, we’ve rounded up some of the different career paths that you can pursue with cosmetology training.

Makeup Artist

Makeup artistry is also an essential part of cosmetology. And if your niche as a cosmetologist is makeup – you’ve got plenty of career paths to choose from. You can use your skills in the entertainment industry to get celebrities ready for that close-up or red-carpet moment. Or on the set of the latest sci-fi film to create the kind of makeup that becomes a complete transformation. You’re literally only limited by your imagination.

Salon Owner

For the business-minded beauty entrepreneurs out there who see Boss in their future, owning and running your own salon or spa could be a path worth considering. You make the rules, you decide what services to offer, who you want to work with and best of all – you can have your own clients if you choose to.

Wedding and Event Stylist

Got feet that like to roam? Why not travel around to where the work is? Traveling hair and makeup stylists get to be a part of people’s most special days! And if you like the idea of working somewhere different all the time, this could be a great option for you!

Nail Technician

Most cosmetology programs cover hair, makeup, skincare, and nails. So, if nail artistry is your thing, you can blaze your trail to the future on the fingertips of your clients!

Brand Representative / Beauty Blogger

With the explosion of social media, it’s become all about brand recognition and getting the word out. If you’ve got a knack for communicating and a passion for products, your cosmetology training can lead you to a career as a brand representative or even a beauty blogger.

Skincare / Esthetician

If you get excited about helping people get healthy, radiant skin, cosmetology training can give you the foundation to launch a career in skincare or esthetics. There may be additional training required to be able to perform some esthetician services like laser hair removal or techniques like microdermabrasion. But having a cosmetology license can be a great place to launch yourself to that next level.


A lot of budding beauty entrepreneurs are looking for an “all hair, all the time” career in cosmetology.  The truly fabulous thing about using your cosmetology training to work as a hairstylist, is that your skills really are quite portable. You can choose to stay put in a salon close to home, or maybe you want to see the world a bit? Ok! How about working for a cruise line? Or at one of the many resorts around the world! 

Cosmetology training offers a lot of versatility when it comes to career options. That’s the beauty of a career in cosmetology. You can choose any of the options above or even better, all the above!  If you’d like to learn more about cosmetology careers, check out the Hairdressing and Cosmetology Program at Continental School of Beauty. With three campus locations to choose from, Continental is helping students get the hands-on training and skills they need to become licensed cosmetologists. Contact us today to learn more.

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