Cosmetology is such a fun field that allows one to pursue a creative craft in beautification. Common careers in the non-medical side of cosmetology include hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, makeup artists, and even massage therapists! Let’s get into what you can do in cosmetology!

Most careers in the non-medical side of cosmetology don’t require more than technical or vocational training. However, these careers do require certifications and licenses, and those with great techniques in their careers have committed to expanding their skills over the years through experience.

Technical Routes

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Vocational Training


Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training and education while you work. In cosmetology, this can look like working at a store or business with little experience but being trained to improve your skills. Not only are you learning the necessary job skills, but also the demands, hours, typical clientele, and problems that usually arise on the job. This is an all-encompassing experience. Typical careers where an apprenticeship would be beneficical are makeup artists and possible manicurists and pedicurists. If there is a business or person whose work interests you, ask them for the opportunity to intern or shadow them to learn more about the field and career. This is a great way to show your interest in the field and secure future opportunities to gain experience.

Vocational Training

Similar to apprenticeships, vocational training provides hands-on learning experiences, but mostly through coursework. This is primarily schooling with an aspect of hands-on learning to teach the necessary skills and later put them into action in a classroom setting. Cosmetology is a common course offered through vocational training programs, which you can find at technical colleges. Common cosmetology programs offered at technical colleges include:


You can review the Minnesota State CAREERwise website to explore careers similar to cosmetology in the Human Serivces career cluster, or the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Check with your institution of interest to find out more about their admissions application, program requirements, and the best way to map out your future for studying cosmetology.

Posted by:LaVerne Handfield

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