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Cosmetology

The study of Cosmetology offers an exciting entry into the beauty industry with positions such as hair stylist, platform artists or make-up artist. The Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists requires 1500 clock hours of education in a Cosmetology school in order to sit for the required licensure exam.

Note: Space is limited for this program; please contact CTE admissions for additional information.

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Program Objectives
  1. To provide training opportunities that will develop relevant technical skills and work procedures along with a positive professional attitude.

  2. To provide classroom/training facilities, instructional materials, and up-to-date equipment that meet current business and industry standards.

  3. To provide practical work-based training, allowing students to apply real life application to their skill.

  4. To gain proficiency in skills that will result in employment and/or advancements in education and training.

  5. To understand and demonstrate the safe use of tools and related instruments in the Cosmetology field.

Job Outlook

Employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The need for barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population, which will lead to greater demand for basic hair care services. In addition, demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.

Pay

The median hourly wage for barbers was $13.44 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.27, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $25.29.

The median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $11.89 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.65, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $24.09.

In May 2018, the median hourly wages for barbers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Personal care services $13.32

In May 2018, the median hourly wages for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Personal care services $12.45
Retail trade 9.40

Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists may receive tips from customers. High quality work and customer service usually contribute to greater tip totals.

Many barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists work full time; however, part-time positions are also common. Those who run their own barbershop or salon may have long workdays. Work schedules often include evenings and weekends―the times when beauty salons and barbershops are busiest. Those who are self-employed usually determine their own schedules.

Possible Career Paths

  • Hairstylist.
  • Nail technician.
  • Salon or spa manager.
  • Beautician.
  • Wedding and Event Stylist.
  • Makeup artist.
  • Esthetician.

In partnership with Bluegrass Career Services students receive career readiness training as part of their course work in every program with the college. Services include:

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