Hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide hair cutting, hair styling, and a range of other beauty services.
Median Yearly Salary in 2018
Projected growth from 2018-2028, faster than average
Number of jobs based in 2018
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
How to become a Cosmetologist in Massachusetts
To become a Cosmetologist, you need to:
Complete the Massachusetts 1,000 integrated curriculum of theory and practical instruction at a state approved Cosmetology Beauty School
Pass the written and practical State Exam
Have a U.S. Social Security or Tax I.D. number to take the State Exam
Pass a CORI
Instructor Advice to Prospective Students
You will be standing for long periods of time, wearing appropriate footwear is important.
You will need a live model to sit with your state board exam, the model must have hair that is approximately shoulder length. This will be at the end of class but it’s good to start thinking about in advance.
You will be working on your classmates and they will be working on you, all services that are not permanent such as manicures, pedicures, facials, shampoos, and blow dry’s are required. Hair color, cuts, or any chemical services are optional.
You must have a social security number or tax ID number to take your state board exam.
Mrs. McCann is the best teacher I have ever had. She never let me give up on doing layer haircuts. I thought I was never going to learn how to do it and now 1,000 hours later, I feel like I’ve been doing this for years.
Mrs. McCann was such a great teacher! I learned so much from her and my experience here at Assabet was amazing.