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

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Communication
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.

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.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada