Career Details


Career Overview

A hairstylist provides services related to hair including cutting, coloring, lightening, and styling.


Hairstylists must complete a cosmetology or related program and get licensed to do this work. These programs are often provided by colleges and may lead to a certificate or degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$26,000 /yr
$35,000 /yr

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Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be a lot of competition to work at the higher paying salons.

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Work Environment

Hairstylists generally work salons and spas, and some are self-employed. This work may require a person to spend large amounts of time on their feet. Part-time positions are common in this line of work.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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