My Dream Job

Average Salary for a Cosmetologist

Median wages: $11.12 hourly, $23,120 annual


  • Post secondary certificate
  • Some college, no degree
  • Highschool diploma or equivalent

Job Duties/Tasks

  • 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.
  • Schedule client appointments.
  • Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.

Knowledge Areas

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Working Conditions

  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Clean work areas or facilities.
  • Trim client hair.
  • Apply cleansing or conditioning agents to client hair, scalp, or skin.
  • Administer therapeutic massages.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Groom wigs or hairpieces.
  • Assess skin or hair conditions.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Supervise service workers.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Train service staff.
  • Design costumes or cosmetic effects for characters.

  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 100% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 100% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing — 92% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone — 92% responded “Every day.”

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Reason Why this is my Dream Job

This is my dream job because I feel like I would really enjoy doing this and I've always loved doing nails, makeup, and hair. Another reason why this is my dream job is because the salary is pretty good. Also, since cosmetology is something I love doing, I wouldn't really have to work a day in my life because it'd be something fun for me.

Interesting Facts

  • Women used to pinch their cheeks to give themselves rosy cheeks before blush was invented.

  • Ground fish scales can be used to add shimmer to lipstick and eye shadow.

  • Bubble bath, mouthwash and deodorant are all considered cosmetics.

  • The world’s first EVER cosmetics were created from copper and lead ore by ancient Egyptians.

  • The first makeup was used when Egyptian women painted their eyes, applying dark color under the eyelid and blackening their eyelashes.

  • In the old days, make up was used to frighten enemies, show a social rank or make magic.

  • The founder of Maybelline named the company after his sister Maybel who inspired him to create make up products.
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