Cosmetology student 

Employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2020 to 2030,
much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will lead to greater demand for hair care services.
In 2020 the median pay for barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists was $27,630 per year or $13.28 per hour.

Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Cosmetology instructor demonstrates hairstyling as student looks on

Students in the Cosmetology Program learn the fundamental skills to gain employment in the field of Cosmetology, including hair care, makeup, barbering, and nail care. Students also learn the skills related to seeking and maintaining employment as well as small business operations. Course work is both hands-on and academic.  Students will have the opportunity to obtain additional certificates such as shop safety and extensions. During the course of their second year, once students have obtained 600 hours they can apply for their permit which will allow them to work in a salon. During the course of their fourth year, students who  have obtained 1,000 hours will have the opportunity to take the State Cosmetology Board Exam. Many students choose Cosmetology as a career and a means to help financially while attending college or university.

Cosmetology student applying white facial makeup on another student Curriculum

Year 1
Foundations: Shop Safety, Responsibilities,
Sanitation, Sterilization,
Career Paths,
Basic Life Skills, Basic Hairstyling
and Nail Services

Year 2
Fundamentals: Booking Clients,
Salon Operations, 
Basics of Haircutting,
Make-Up, Skin Care

Year 3
Chemistry of Cosmetology:
Hair Coloring/Lightening,
Permanent Waving, Hair Straightening, Nail Care

Year 4
Professional Development:
Laws & Regulations,
Business Operations, 
Resume Building/
Professional Portfolio,
Shaving/Barbering, State Exam,
Clinical Practice

Classes meet for 2 periods/1 hour 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week

Average number of new students accepted per year: 25

Opportunity for professional certifications:  YES

Opportunity to earn college credits: NO

Cosmetology student studyingFuture Careers

Hair Stylist
Makeup Artist
Salon Owner/Manager
Product Educator
Nail Technician

Cosmetology Student Plans at Graduation

Recent Student

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Montclair State University
Raritan Valley Community College
Great Clips
Hair Port
Liquid Hair Salon
Splash Salon and Spa
Rutgers University
Rutgers University

Questions? Check out the FAQ Page

Please check out our Cosmetology Student Handbook for more information
regarding the day to day operations within the shop.


Click here for a list of services, prices and times for our cosmetology clinic!

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