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November 12, 2019

Beauty Employment Statistics Infographic

The beauty industry is full of unique opportunities, but how many careers are actually out there? Is the market ready for more beauty professionals? Will you be able to find a job after graduation?

If you are truly passionate about the work, you may also wonder if a future in hair or skincare or nails is profitable. Having a job you love can seem too good to be true. But earning a living in beauty is possible! And you can achieve a sizable paycheck in many of these options.

Our infographic on statistics and earnings within the beauty industry highlight what’s out there and how professionals are making it work today. Whether you want to become a cosmetologist, barber, hair stylist, esthetician, or nail technician, there’s something out there for everyone!

Beauty Industry Employment Statistics Infographic for Aveda Institutes Idaho

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The statistics listed above are an average finding. Remember that how much a beauty professional can make varies based on where they are, how much education and specialization they received, and how much experience they have. It’s also important to note a possibility of earning more given these numbers may not reflect actual income averages due to under-reporting. With a career in beauty, there are always opportunities to further your skills and improve your craft.

More Than a Hobby

Your earnings potential is up to you! In beauty you have a lot of options, not just in the kind of work you do, but how you move up as well. You can choose to climb the ladder at an existing salon, open your own, or even specialize further within one area, whether it’s hair, skin, or even nails. This industry also provides a lot of earning potential. Many of the above statistics haven’t included tips or commissions.

In many of these careers you can also have the opportunity to learn business skills. This includes things like marketing, inventory management, and finances.

What’s the Best Career for You?

How do you know where in beauty you can fit in best? Research is key to any decision, and below we’ve broken down the basic career types to help you on your journey.


Cosmetology is much different than the work a nail technician or an esthetician might do. A cosmetologist might learn everything from hair styling, cutting, and coloring as well as special treatments like perms, blowouts, and wig making depending on the course and career type. Do you think cosmetology school might be a good fit? Check out our blog.


Barbers learn hair and styling skills that might include: fades, beard design, men’s grooming, tapered cuts, and some skin care. These grooming professionals are often charismatic, creative, independent, and driven to learn. Barbering as a career can be rewarding and offer opportunities to work in a variety of environments. Click here to learn more about our barber program.


Estheticians tend to work in skincare more and can learn facials, hand and foot massage, chemical and mask treatments, as well as makeup application techniques. They can work in many different environments and have many different subspecialties within the industry. Learn more here on what esthetics is and what an esthetician does.

Nail Technicians

The careers of nail technicians can vary as well. Everything from basic manicures to nail health and disease may be covered in a nail technology career course. Love nail art? You may want to consider a future as a nail tech.

If you are thinking about a career in beauty, check out the courses offered by Aveda Institute Idaho. We can set you up with a campus tour and answer any questions you might have about how to get an education in beauty. Your future is waiting, but don’t wait any longer to start your education. Contact us today!



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