As The Retail Industry Continues it’s Shift to Online, The Beauty and Wellness Industry Continues To Grow Local Jobs.
Is it Time For You to Pursue a Future-Proof Career in Beauty & Wellness?
After all, you can’t get a professional haircut, facial or massage on the internet. On the other hand, as the retail industry undergoes a major shift to selling only online, which has been accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its workforce is more vulnerable than ever.
The Bad News:
Permanent store closures number in the thousands. Dozens of retailers have filed for bankruptcy, while many more are at risk. Meantime, a growing number of customers want to shop online and get their purchases through home delivery.
These fast-changing dynamics have led to uncertainty for retail workers. They’ve been transferred, furloughed, laid off or terminated. Retailers, analysts and trade groups say the shift to online purchasing, and the current pandemic could change the size and makeup of the retail industry now, and for years to come.
More than 25% of American jobs were supported by the retail industry before the shift to online purchasing and the Covid-19 crisis hit the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation. That made retail the largest private sector employer in the USA. That number includes people who work directly for a retailer, like at an apparel store, warehouse or coffee shop. It also includes jobs created by the industry, such as construction workers building a mall, etc…
The number of workers in retail stores has seen a major decrease. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 15.7 million were employed by retailers in February. That dropped by about 2.4 million in March and April.
The Good News:
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to many new openings for massage therapists.
The future for cosmetologists is looking very bright indeed, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for cosmetologists is expected to grow by 16% between 2018 and 2028. … Opportunities for manicurists and pedicurists are projected to grow by 19 percent, according to BLS.
Employment of skincare specialists (Estheticians) is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The desire among many women and a growing number of men to reduce the effects of aging will result in employment growth. Good job opportunities are expected.
If you have lost your job in the retail or any other industry – or are just ready for a change – It’s never too late to pursue a rewarding career in Beauty & Wellness!
Learn More about careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology
Financial Aid is available for Cosmetology and Massage Therapy programs to those who qualify.
Diverse Career Opportunities For Cosmetologists
Do you have a passion for makeup and advanced skin care? Do you like to jazz up your friends nails? Are you always following the latest hair trends? If beauty is your passion, you might want to pursue it as a career. Becoming a Cosmetologist brings you employment opportunities in three different fields, which is a big plus when entering today’s job market.
Imagine how much you will enjoy helping your clients look and feel great as a career, and the job security that comes with it!
What does a Cosmetologist actually do?
You might be wondering what cosmetologists do? It is a common misconception that cosmetologists only work on hair. Cosmetologists are actually qualified to do skin, hair and nail services, which means that a licensed cosmetologist can provide a wide range of services in the beauty industry. These services range from facials to haircuts to manicures, and everything in between.
One of the best parts of becoming a cosmetologist is the broad range of skills you learn. If you’re someone who’s passionate about skin care and makeup you can follow that path. If hair is your thing, you can become a hairstylist as a cosmetologist. If you only want to focus on nails, you can become a cosmetologist who provides manicures and pedicures. In fact, many Cosmetologists perform services in all 3 areas. Which career path is best for you?
Helping others achieve beautiful, glowing skin is something a cosmetologist can do. Would you like to focus on skin care and how to achieve glowing skin for your clients? Licensed cosmetologists can apply:
- Body Wraps
- Exfoliating Scrubs
Have you ever dreamed of becoming a hairstylist? If hair color, perms, cuts and styling are your passion, becoming a cosmetologist is your path. Some services a cosmetologist could perform are:
- Chemical Treatments
- Hair Straightening
Do you love the appearance of freshly manicured nails, or classy nail art? As a Cosmetologist you will learn to perform the following nail services:
- Gel Nails
- Acrylic Nails
- Silk Nails
In addition to hair, skin and nail services training, you will also learn business skills which will help you succeed in the ever expanding beauty industry. While many industries like retail stores are closing and shifting to internet based services, the beauty services industry continues to grow and offer great job security. In our community there is a high demand for Cosmetologists, and will be for many years to come.
Additional Career Opportunities Outside The Salon & Spa
- Entertain: Actors, actresses, models and celebrities wouldn’t be where they are without their teams helping them maintain their look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
- Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
- Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
- Sell: Work for leading companies like REDKEN, L’Oréal, and Revlon after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
- Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
- Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
- Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!
- Become a REDKEN Artist.
- Be your own boss by renting a styling/spa suite or booth. You can set your own hours, prices, etc…
How Can You Become a Cosmetologist?
If beautifying skin, hair and/or nails appeals to you, and you would like to pursue a Cosmetology career, it’s time for you to take the first step.