By Emily Rogers

For those interested in cosmetology, the choices are nearly endless and the required hands-on training can be completed fairly quickly. A cosmetologist can receive training in hairstyling, makeup, giving manicures and various skin treatments. Obtaining cosmetology certification through a full-time course typically takes nine months or more, according to Bureau of Labor of Statistics data, though training for manicurists, pedicurists and skin-care specialists takes less time.

Choose from one of many careers in cosmetology.

Shampoo Technician

Become a shampoo technician and learn to shampoo and condition clients' hair before they get a haircut. With this job title, you can also learn to wash out perms and color treatments, as well as massage the scalp. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that formal training generally is not needed for a shampoo tech job.

Hair Stylist

If you love doing your friends' hair and styling it to perfection, becoming a hairstylist may be the perfect career path for you. You can learn to style hair for weddings, proms or other important events. You can also learn how to give perms and color treatments. This is an ideal job for those who love making people feel beautiful.

Makeup Artist

If you find yourself sitting in front of the mirror, trying various makeup tricks and applying a range of smoky eye shadows for yourself and your friends, becoming a makeup artist may be a career choice for you. This is a job for those who have a strong passion for beauty and learning the skills of applying makeup.


If you have an interest in working in a salon, helping people relax and feel beautiful in their own skin, you should consider a career as an esthetician. Specializing as an esthetician gives you the skills and tools to give professional facial treatments, hair removal, massages, body wraps and more.

Nail Technician

Becoming a nail technician is a great career for those who want to specialize in manicures, pedicures and applying artificial nails. Nail technicians also specialize in hand foot and leg massages.