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Beauty Professional With an accredited education from a variety of schools and educational programs you can train for a career as a beauty professional. These careers include nail technicians, estheticians, makeup artists, salon owners, hair color specialists, spa managers, and more. Some graduates will have the opportunity to work in salons, spas, barber shops, and other related areas.

Students can earn a variety of certificates and degrees in this field, and most states have licensing requirements, so be sure to look into the regulations for your state before enrolling. Obtaining an accredited education in order to become a beauty professional will give you the skills and knowledge for the job and the best experience and training possible.


Cosmetology and Barbering

There are a number of schools and colleges that offer an education in cosmetology and barbering where students can earn an associates degree or professional certificate. Training for barbers and cosmetologists will teach students to style, shampoo, and cut hair, and students can also choose to specialize in providing manicures and pedicures, as well as makeup services. With an accredited education you can learn haircutting, hair design, salon management, hair coloring, hair removal, scalp treatments, and other skills necessary to become a beauty professional.

Manicuring and Nail Design

With an education in manicuring and nail design you can train to become a manicurist, pedicurist, or even pursue a career in other areas of beauty care like electrolysis. Students will have the opportunity to learn about nail conditions, application of acrylics, manicure procedures, use of chemicals, nail clipping and filing, and more. There are a variety of schools and colleges that offer the education needed to become a nail technician and provide the knowledge and skills needed to pass a licensing exam.

Esthetician (Skin Care)

Estheticians or Skin care professionals specialize in body wraps, facials, salt glows, microdermabrasion, waxing, and head and neck massage treatments. With a variety of educational programs available you can study facial treatments, make up application, aromatherapy, skin analysis, spa treatments, foot reflexology, and much more. Students can obtain a master license by learning laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels. As a licensed or certified esthetician or skin care professional you can find employment in spas, salons, department stores, hospitals, dermatology offices, and other related organizations.


The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences is just one of the agencies approved to accredit schools and colleges. When looking to obtain and education it is important that you ensure the program carries full accreditation in order to receive a quality education.


From the menu above select a program of interest to learn more about a career as a beauty professional. Contact a number of vocational programs to request more information.

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Regarding Accreditation: In order to confirm a quality education, valid accreditation is necessary. Accrediting organizations approved by The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) are able to fully accredit the schools, colleges, universities and online schools listed on Unless otherwise noted, to the best of our knowledge all schools, colleges, universities and online schools listed on carry full accreditation by one or more accrediting agencies. We do however always recommend that you verify the accreditation status prior to enrollment in a program.

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