Today’s beauty professional is a member of the ever-expanding, ever-changing, ever-fascinating beauty industry. If you are innovative and ambitious, there is no limit to your potential.

No other industry has such a constant demand for qualified, creative, well-trained graduates. None offers such bright opportunities for an individual to start a personal business and work toward financial independence. Your artistic skills and training give you the potential of changing peoples’ lives by making them look good and feel beautiful, possibly for the first time.

With the right training, you could begin a career in the fashion industry as a makeup artist or stylist. You can choose to work behind the scenes in a movie, on a Broadway play, at a fashion show or perhaps as a photo makeup artist/stylist. Perhaps your dream is to own your own salon or spa one day or become an instructor and inspire others to enter into the beauty business. Reach for the stars, because whatever your dream may be, a career in beauty can take you there.

Career Paths in the Beauty & Wellness Industries


A hairstylist offers a wide range of beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling of hair. They may advise clients on how to care for their hair at home.


A colorist is someone who specializes in hair color services and is generally hired by a salon with a color department. Clients then go to another stylist in the salon for additional services. Most colorists take advanced training courses and/or attend color seminars. The color business is also uniquely lucrative. Many color services command substantial fees.

Nail Professional

Sometimes referred to as nail technicians, these professionals work exclusively on nails and provide manicures, pedicures, polishing, and nail extensions to clients.


An esthetician cleanses and beautifies the skin by giving facials, full-body treatments, and head and neck massages, as well makeup application. They also may remove hair through waxing or, if properly trained, with laser treatments.

Massage Therapist

A massage therapist uses touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. Massages may be required for a variety of reasons, including treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health.


Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair mostly for male clients. They also may fit hairpieces and offer scalp treatments and facial shaving. In many States, barbers are licensed to color, bleach, and highlight hair, and can offer permanent-wave services.

Makeup Artist

A makeup artist will apply makeup and may offer facials and facial massages as a part of their services. Makeup artists can produce dramatic and immediate changes in a clients’ appearance. There are many career options for makeup artists from commercial photography, television, theatre, movies, fashion shows, mortuary science and so many others.

Salon/Spa Owner

A salon/spa owner is responsible for all salon operations, physical and financial. Most salon owners have had some business management experience before investing in a salon. For the individual to purchase a salon, a capital investment and a good credit rating are required.

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is committed to uniting the beauty industry to support the next generation of beauty and wellness professionals. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $1.5 million and over 300 scholarships to cosmetology, nail, massage and esthetic students, as well as licensed professionals who are interested in continuing education.