Hairdressers, Hairstylists, & Cosmetologists


Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists cut, color, and style hair, and give facials and other skin treatments
Are people always coming to you for their latest blow-out? Have a knack for making people look and feel their best? Learn how to do it like a pro!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Help people look and feel their best, Put your creativity to work, Explore pathways to running your own business!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Beautician, Cosmetologist, Hair Dresser, Hair Stylist, Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Stylist

Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Beautician, Cosmetologist, Hair Dresser, Hair Stylist, Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Stylist
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Your Typical Day:

  • 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.
  • Schedule client appointments.
  • Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.
  • Demonstrate and sell hair care products and cosmetics.
  • Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.
  • Shampoo, rinse, condition, and dry hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions.
  • Operate cash registers to receive payments from patrons.
  • Order, display, and maintain supplies.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes.
  • Groom wigs or hairpieces.
  • Trim client hair.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Sell products or services.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • 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. 86/100

  • Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. 67/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 50/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 49/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 47/100

  • 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. 45/100

  • Administrative

Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology. 39/100

  • Economics and Accounting

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data. 38/100

  • Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems. 38/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 30/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Hair combs or brushes
  • Electric hair clipper
  • Hair or curling iron
  • Hair scissors
  • Applicator brushes
  • Domestic hair dryers
  • Barrettes
  • Nail clippers
  • Hot rollers
  • Stop watch
  • Notebook computers
  • Razors
  • Manicure implements
  • Sinks
  • Cash registers
  • Goggles
  • Desktop computers
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