Data Supports the Demand for Beauty Professionals

In 2009, AACS conducted a survey to assess the public’s perception of careers in the beauty and wellness industry. The survey also examined what factors matter most to individuals selecting a career path. The results revealed that many respondents were skeptical about job demand in the beauty industry.

Few things build confidence like hard data. The data below is excerpted from the Professional Beauty Association’s "Economic Snapshot of the Salon and Spa Industry," published June 2011.

Your school may publish these facts on its Web site, or share them in your marketing materials. Such data can build credibility for your school’s messages about job demand.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of personal appearance jobs is projected to jump 31 percent between 2008 and 2018. This rate of growth is nearly three times that of total U.S. employment (11 percent) during the same period.
  • All of the major personal appearance occupations are projected to post job growth stronger than the overall economy between 2008 and 2018. The number of skin care specialist jobs is projected to jump 51 percent, while hairdresser, hairstylist and cosmetologist positions are expected to increase by 31 percent.
  • Careers in the salon and spa industry present opportunities for business ownership. In fact, 61 percent of salons are owned by women, compared to just 30 percent of all businesses in the overall private sector.

The Economic Snapshot of the Salon and Spa Industry by PBA economist, Mr. Bruce Grindy is available here:
Economic Snapshot of the Salon and Spa Industry

CUT IT OUT: Salons Against Domestic Abuse

Cut it out logoCUT IT OUT is a program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States. CUT IT OUT builds awareness of domestic abuse and trains salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients to local resources.

The program was introduced to cosmetology schools nationally in July 2008. To find out more about the program call (866) 871-0656 or go to

Beauty Changes Lives

Beauty Changes Lives LogoBeauty Changes Lives is a campaign initiated by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) to raise awareness of the rewards and opportunities offered by beauty and wellness careers. On June 8th, 2010 AACS announced celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson would be the spokesperson.

In addition to the public campaign the organization also raises funds for beauty school scholarships and organizes events to showcase the beauty career choice.

Below you can view just one of the many videos released on YouTube. This video was released by Modern Salon.

Below: Ted Gibson interviews four beauty school students at the Rachel Roy show during New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Beauty Changes Lives held an essay competition for the honor of accompanying Ted backstage. For more information on Beauty Changes Lives go to:


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