A Growing Industry
I have fond childhood memories of going to Sufronia Mitchell also known as Ms.Tiggy’s hair salon, in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio. The best hairstylists around.
Ms. Tiggy was an older lady who had done hair for many years. She was our family beautician who laid hands on the hair of my aunts, cousins, my grandmother, and my mother. She was the go-to lady on the east side. Even as a child, I knew that my press out would be flawless.
She was kind, a good listener and a master at her craft. When I think of great hairstylists, I often refer to her because she was passionate and dedicated at a time when social media did not exist. All old school stylists had to go on was the word of mouth to maintain their business.
The game has drastically changed, and there are numerous ways to obtain a career in cosmetology.
The different avenues to promote and showcase skills within the industry have to lead to an uptick in hairstyling jobs.
Hairstylists Growing With the Times
Hairstylists who are currently making their way through school and mastering their skills will be happy to hear that their future job opportunities are ever growing.
There is an increasing demand for hairstylists in particular, but all cosmetology disciplines in general. Aaron's Academy of Beauty advises that some of the cosmetology areas of focus such as hair styling are expected to grow at a rate of 16 percent by 2020.
This growth is just a little higher than the national average of 14 percent, according to chron.com
Why The Expected Growth in the Hair Styling Industry?
The high demand for hairstylists correlates with increased birth rates over the last couple of decades.
There are just more people in the world. More folks mean more of them need hairstylists and other cosmetology services they so now are the time to take advantage of this career if you desire to do so.
I wasn’t able to locate any statistics about the influence of social media as it pertains to the job market increase.
But I am sure social media plays a significant part in more hair styling jobs. Through social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook, the stylist is able to showcase their skill with a simple photograph or video. Potential clients have easy access to locate the stylist they desire.
Being able to search for a hashtag to find a salon or stylist is a win-win situation for hairdressers and clients.
Don't Forget the Barbers
The need for more barbers will stem primarily from an increasing population.
Which in turn will lead to higher demand for essential hair care services, especially with the beard gang movement. According to Porter Chester, the need 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.
Upcoming Hair Artists
The future is booming for those entering this field.
As people predict the growth of our economy and the US attempts to avoid another period of recession, more and more people are looking for services that provide cosmetology expertise.
So, what does this mean for future hairdressers? Coming out of recession means that there is a higher demand for cosmetology students to take the place of retiring cosmetologists.
Or ones who are leaving the industry and to step into these roles and serve the increasing population.
More Jobs, More Money
Those who just graduated may be looking to get in at an entry-level position.
Trust me when I say there should be plenty of opportunities out there. There are lots of job positions open in cosmetology in general and hairstyling in particular.
More salons and beauty shops are opening each month all around the country, and it’s only sensible to think that they will need people to fill the vacant positions. They are looking for qualified and talented individuals.
But they also want enthusiastic workers, and new cosmetology students are perfect for the job.
Stats on Stats on Stats
According to Wikipedia, In 2008, 29% of hairstylists worked part-time, and 14% had variable schedules. As of 2008, people working as hairdressers totaled about 630,700, with a projected increase to 757,700 by 2018.
Pros and Cons of Becoming a Stylist
The fun thing about this career is that it requires interaction with clients and colleagues of different background.
Which giving cosmetologists an opportunity to build a diverse and reliable network and Interaction with clients and colleagues who may lead to invitations to networking events which will grow their clientele.
The cons are long hours, competition and starting your career with lower wages.
Be Your Own BossTake note future Cosmetologists. After you complete your certificate and Training, you will obtain with the skills necessary to create and manage a business which can turn into numerous several opportunities to run your own business!
Some cosmetologists rent booth space in hair salons, spas and resorts.
Renting allows a hair stylist to build a solid client base without committing to the expense of renting an entire space. Renting spaces can get pricey and may not be the best choice for some.
Cosmetologists may decide to open their own salons once they have enough clients to support their business. Self-employment gives cosmetologists the freedom to make decisions about their fees and work hours.
Cosmetology professional has the opportunity to help people feel good about themselves, making this job personally satisfying. Despite the low wages reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hairdressers ranked number 12 on the "U.S. News & World Report" list of best social services 2018.
The publication states that there is a 3.0 percent unemployment rate.
Numbers Don't Lie
If you are interested in becoming a stylist, now is the time to jump on board.
In a time when the economy is always in question, it is wise to choose an industry that you are passionate about and one which will provide multiple opportunities for job prospects. Set yourself up to win and work in a creative industry.