Barbers and cosmetologists focus on providing hair care services to enhance the appearance of customers.
Other personal appearance workers, such as manicurists and pedicurists, shampooers, and skin care specialists provide specialized beauty services.
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists offer a wide range of beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling of hair.
In addition, cosmetologists may be trained to give manicures, pedicures, and scalp and facial treatments; provide makeup analysis; and clean and style wigs and hairpieces. Common responsibilities include:
- Evaluating a client’s needs and wants
- Performing the specific services for hair, nails, or skin
- Cultivating relationships to ensure repeat business
Requirements for a profession as a personal appearance worker are a certified course in cosmetology or barbering and the passing of a state licensing exam.
Job prospects are expected to be good over the next decade, particularly for graduates of cosmetology schools. Personal appearance workers generally earn between $7 and $21 per hour.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor