Also known as Beautician, Cosmetologist, Hair Dresser, Hair Stylist, Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Manager Stylist, Master Cosmetologist, Stylist
Also known as Beautician, Cosmetologist, Hair Dresser
Hairstylists provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.
In addition, Hairstylists may shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.
Hairstylists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Hairstylists. More generally, Hairstylists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Hairstylist is $27,380, and the average salary is $32,740. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Hairstylist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Hairstylists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Hairstylists earn less than $18,840 per year, 25% earn less than $21,520, 75% earn less than $37,970, and 90% earn less than $53,410.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Hairstylists is expected to change by 19.4%, and there should be roughly 78,900 open positions for Hairstylists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Hairstylist are usually higher in their Artistic, Enterprising, and Social interests.
Hairstylists typically have very strong Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Also, Hairstylists typically have strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Lastly, Hairstylists typically have moderate Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Hairstylists typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Hairstylist tend to value Relationships, Independence, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Hairstylists very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Hairstylists strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Hairstylists moderately value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Hairstylists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, self-control, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Hairstylists, ranked by importance:
Hairstylists often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Hairstylists usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Hairstylists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, sales and marketing, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Hairstylists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Hairstylists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Hairstylists need abilities such as near vision, arm-hand steadiness, and manual dexterity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Hairstylists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Hairstylists frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and service orientation to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Hairstylists, ranked by their relative importance.
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