Graduates are going into a field that is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is faster than the average for all occupations. So much growth means that graduates will have endless opportunities when starting their job search after graduation. And while many grads may think to go straight to a salon or spa to find these opportunities, the truth is that beauty school graduates can find a variety of jobs in different settings. Here are 5 different jobs available to you after you graduate beauty school.
Cosmetology Instructors work to pass on their trade to new beauticians. New prospective cosmetologists, barbers, nail technicians, etc. are enrolling in beauty schools on a daily basis. These new students need instructors that can teach them the techniques they need to start their careers. Cosmetology instructors also work to help strengthen the skills of those already in the field. Current beauty industry members need to stay on top of the new trends. Instructors can provide workshops to teach them current techniques that clients may be asking for. Being an instructor requires that you be a good student too since cosmetology instructors must pass advanced training and must constantly be learning new skills to teach.
If you are interested in teaching but would also love a role in sales and marketing, then being a brand ambassador for a beauty company may be a good option for you. Brand ambassadors travel to salons representing the brand and educating beauty professionals on the products and how to use them. They are essentially product experts. Their goal is not only to educate but also to get other stylists excited about their brand and its products. To do this, ambassadors must keep their skills up to date since they will constantly be doing presentations using the products they represent.They must also be willing to learn all the details of their products. They must be strong communicators and be good at motivating others.
A platform artist performs on stage, usually at industry trade shows, to promote styling techniques, tools or products. They are considered the “rock stars” of the beauty industry. They are part educator and part performer with a touch of marketing knowledge. This career path requires that you refine your practical skills since you will be performing in front of large groups on a regular basis. It also requires a lot of traveling. Many platform artists begin working as brand ambassadors and then work their way.
Some beauty school grads prefer to work behind the scenes as a fashion show stylist. These stylists may not be the center of attention but their work is literally displayed on center stage. Because of this, working as a fashion show stylist requires creativity in order to bring a designer’s vision to life. They must also be able to work well in teams, collaborating with other stylists to achieve the desired look for the show.
If you find that you are a natural born leader and interested in running a company, salon ownership may be a good career option for you. A salon manager must not only provide services but must also meet customer demands, set schedules, and manage the marketing of the salon. A good manager/owner can make a or break a business so you may want to gain some experience and knowledge of the inner workings of a salon before embarking on this career path.
No matter what your goals are, many career options will be waiting for your after you graduate beauty school. Identifying your key interests and then putting in a some hard work will set you on the path to a blossoming beauty career.