According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for cosmetologists is average and projected to grow 13% from 2012 to 2022. The average salary nationally was $28,941 per year in 2019. Demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.

The average salary for nail technicians is $32,161 per year in 2019.

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The ability to stand for long periods of time is important to this profession as cosmetologists are on their feet for most of their shift. There is also the possibility of prolonged contact with chemicals which may cause skin irritation. Protective clothing, aprons, and/or gloves are often worn to shield against irritation.