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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.
  • Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
  • Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • chemistry


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


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


You might use software like this on the job:

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


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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