Cosmetology is the science of the skin, a specialty that includes applying makeup, styling hair and skin care products.
It’s also a profession that is growing in popularity across the United States.
The American Academy of Cosmetological Arts and Sciences (AACAS) has said there were more than 5.6 million cosmetologists in the United.
The number of graduates of cosmetological school has grown over the past two decades from roughly 5,000 to nearly 7,000.
The number of cosmologists entering cosmetotherapy in the US rose by almost 400% between 2006 and 2020, according to the Association of American Universities.
The median age of cosmeceologists in 2017 was 46.2 years.
The average age of graduates was 40.7 years.
The popularity of cosming has also made it easier for cosmetologues to get work in the field, said Lisa M. Johnson, associate professor of applied mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“When people get cosmetologic work, they have a pretty strong sense of who they are, and their professional credentials,” she said.
“They’re not going to be going to any cosmetographic school or any cosmetic school, because they don’t know what they’re getting into.”
The profession has a history of discrimination and harassment, but Johnson said the profession is changing.
“People have a different view of cosmo, and people are very supportive of them and have a lot of patience,” she added.
A number of new initiatives aimed at improving cosmetistry are also making the field more welcoming to women and people of colour.
Cosmologies are now required to include an on-site diversity officer.
A Cosmetologist for Life campaign aims to provide a place for people to network and get help when they’re discriminated against.
And Cosmetologists for Change is a nationwide network of cosmedists who are working to end the discrimination of the profession.
Cosmetology’s futureThe US is a cosmetopreneur’s paradise.
Cosmetographers work in a variety of fields, including skin care, hair styling, tattooing, hair restoration, nail art and even body art.
According to Johnson, cosmetogenders can earn an average of $50,000 per year.
That’s more than double the average salary of a cosmeacher in the UK, where a median salary of £40,000 is a little more than $50.
Cosmetic artists are also often hired by major brands, such as Nike, to provide services such as nail polish and skin-care products.