Job opportunities for personal appearance professionals through 2016 will grow by 14 percent, according to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This gives cosmetologists an opportunity to use their experience in related jobs within this field.
Salon managers are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of a salon and supervising salon staff including hairstylists, barbers, manicurists and front desk personnel.
Cosmetologists can obtain additional training in makeup application techniques to become makeup artists. Makeup artists may work in the entertainment industry or in department stores, and in beauty salons doing makeup for special events or performances.
Beauty consultants sell makeup and skin care products to prospective customers by demonstrating makeup products, providing beauty advice and giving out samples. They earn an average starting wage of $8 an hour plus commissions according to payscale.com.
Cosmetology instructors use their extensive experience and knowledge of cosmetology techniques and procedures to prepare their students for a career in cosmetology.
According payscale.com, salon managers earn between $30,000 and $50,000 a year on average and makeup artists can earn approximately $35,000 a year or more depending on their experience. Diplomaguide.com reports that cosmetology instructors may earn up to $74,739 a year (see reference 2).