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Pennsylvania's Beauty Schools: Cosmetology Career Outlook!

Beauty Schools: Are They Right for You?

Do you enjoy making other people feel happy and beautiful? Then consider a career as a hair stylist, barber, nail technician, or esthetician (also called a skin care technician or asthetician). With nearly half the people in this field self-employed, you may also have the opportunity to be your own boss or work a flexible schedule, if you so desire.

Beauty schools typically offer courses in several specialties. Most beauty schools require that you have a high school diploma or GED before you enroll. An online high school diploma may be a good option for you if you are looking to continue working until you can launch into working toward an associate degree as a barber or cosmetologist in just nine months. Certificates or diplomas as a manicurist, pedicurist, or skin care specialist can also be earned--and in much less time. Other course options include sales, marketing, and even classes in people skills.

Pennsylvania Cosmetology Schools

Did you know Pennsylvania cosmetology schools offers some of the highest salaries for barbers? Barbers in Pennsylvania earn $29,750 annually, compared to the national average of $26,610. A barber working in Pittsburgh earns even more: $33,530 annually. Or if you prefer to live away from the big city, you can go to the Newark-Union metropolitan area (spanning the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and earn $31,360.

Pennsylvania also has the highest concentration of hair stylists of any state in the U.S., giving you plenty of professionals from whom you can observe and learn your craft. In fact, over 23,000 hairdressers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists work within the state.

When you need a break from studying, you can visit the first zoo created in the U.S.: the Philadelphia Zoo. The state also has the largest indoor water park on the East Coast, multiple music festivals, and a number of impressive museums.

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