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Careers in the beauty and wellness industry continue to be a career of choice for artistic and creative souls. In a world run by Instagram models, Snap Chat filters, the Kardashians and makeup for both women and men, the need for cosmetologists to make us look and feel our best is stronger than ever. It is extremely gratifying to use your skills and creative talent to help boost someone’s self esteem and leave them feeling extra special.

There are many careers waiting for you in this industry; from massage therapist to cosmetologist to eyebrow threader and everything in between. Read more about some popular careers available to you below. The best kind of lifestyle is one where you work with passion and allow your creativity to shine!

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Massage Therapy

What is a Massage Therapist?

Picture this: A room filled with the scent of lavender essential oils, relaxing Zen music playing softly in the background and the firm but gentle touch of your massage therapist rubbing your sore back. Ahhhhh…Wait…that is not you relaxing on the table, it is your client and you are the one with the magic touch!

Massage therapists manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body relieving pain. By using touch, massage therapists can rehabilitate injuries, promote relaxation, relax muscles and increase the well-being of the patient. Massage therapists work in a variety of places such as spas, hotels, home offices, chiropractic offices and in professional sport team locker rooms. The beauty of massage therapy is that as long as you have your table and some oil on hand, you can offer a massage just about anywhere.

What does a Massage Therapist Do?

  • Provide massage techniques for pain relief, circulation or simply to relieve stress
  • Practices different types of massage such as deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone, sports therapy
  • Consults with client about their symptoms and expectations
  • Record patient medical history on a chart
  • Educate the client on stretches they can do at home to alleviate pain

The Pros & Cons


  • Fulfilling and satisfying feelings from truly helping your clients feel better
  • Continuous education is required but it helps you stay on top of new techniques and information about your career
  • Set your own hours and flexible scheduling


  • Can be physically straining on your body
  • Higher potential to hurt your hands and wrists
  • May take some time to build up your book of clientele

Occupational Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Massage Therapists is growing much faster than the average because more healthcare providers are understanding the importance of massage and its benefits for their patients.

Quick Facts: Massage Therapists

2018 Median Pay

$41,420 per year
$19.92 per hour

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


Number of Jobs, 2018


Job Outlook, 2018-28

22% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2018-28



How do you become a Massage Therapist?

If you already have your high school diploma or GED, you’ve already completed the first step! Future LMTs (licensed massage therapists) should enroll in a program from an accredited school that awards a Certificate or Diploma in Massage Therapy. You can read and study hundreds of books on anatomy, body mechanics and massage ethics but you will never be a great LMT without hands-on practice! Every state has their own requirement of how many hours of hands-on experience are needed to sit for their exam. Hours required will range from 300 to 1000 hours so make sure you know what you is required of you before you jump into the program. An added bonus of massage school is that you will be practicing techniques on your fellow classmates and in turn, they will be practicing on you! Going to school every day where you get massage doesn’t sound so bad, huh?

After you have completed your hours and graduated your program, you will then sit for your state’s licensing exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). If you pass your exam, you must then apply for your state license. You can find more information about your state’s requirements on the American Massage Therapy Association’s website.

As mentioned previously, continuing education classes will be necessary to keep your license but it keeps your brain fresh with knowledge so you can provide the best massages for your clients and keep them coming back.

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What is a Cosmetologist?

Cosmetology is the practice of applying beauty treatments on a professional and expertise level. Cosmetologists may have one specialty or multiple treatments they offer to their clients. Beauty treatments include hair care, nail care and skin care (also called esthetics). Upon entering this competitive industry, your biggest challenge will be building a book of clients. There are more than one million women registered and licensed as cosmetologists in the U.S. How will you stand out from the crowd?

What does a Cosmetologist do?

  • Hair Care: cutting, styling, coloring, barbering, extensions, hair treatments
  • Nail Care: Manicures, pedicures, nail shaping, cuticle grooming, application of synthetic nails and polish
  • Skin Care/Esthetics: Facials, chemical peels, hair waxing, body treatments
  • Inform clients about beauty products
  • Consult with clients
  • Salon management

Pros and Cons


  • You can work for a salon or choose to be self-employed
  • Creating wonderful personal relationships with your book of clients
  • Rewarding to experience client satisfaction from your talent


  • If self-employed, there are no benefits such as health insurance and retirement
  • Hourly wages are on the low end; which is why it is important to grow your book of clients and count on the higher tips
  • Licensing requirements vary state by state; so, if you move out of state, you will have to retake your licensing exams.

Occupational Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Cosmetologists is growing faster than the average.

Quick Facts: Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

2018 Median Pay

$24,830 per year
$11.94 per hour

Number of Jobs, 2018


Job Outlook, 2018-28

8% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2018-28



How to Become a Licensed Cosmetologist

After you have earned your high school diploma or GED, you should enroll in a state-licensed cosmetology school. Certificate or diploma programs in this field take anywhere from 9 to 15 months. Part-time, full time and night classes are usually offered to help accommodate your schedule. Training hour requirements vary state to state; from 1,000 hours up to 2,300 hours. Make sure you check what your state requirements are. You will also have to pass your state licensing exam. If you are having trouble finding a job, consider taking an apprentice role to get your foot in the door.

Your potential is unlimited with cosmetology. You can grow your business through social media, create brand new trends, work on celebrities and beautify your clients through your passion, skills and artistic talent. Don’t wait for your nail polish to dry, start the path to your dream job today!

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