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Hairdressers, Hairstylists, & Cosmetologists

Also called: Cosmetologist, Hair Stylist, Hairdresser, Hairstylist

What they do:
Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
On the job, you would:
  • Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs.
  • Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.
  • Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.


  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
Point of sale POS software
  • Sale processing software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
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