Cosmetologist Statistics in the U.S.

The infographics below illustrate the current state of hairdresser, hairstylist, and cosmetologist careers in the United States.  In summary, the industry is remarkably strong, continues to grow, and demand for talented professionals is expected to continue to grow.

Cosmetologists are legally required to be state licensed, yet the number of required educational training hours differs from state to state. Currently, the national average number of educational training hours for cosmetologists is 1,503 hours, which is 12% more than the average number of hours required for barbers (1,348).  Training typically takes between eight and 15 months to complete.  Some states require as little as 1,000 training hours, yet other states such as Iowa require 2,100 hours.

Links to State Cosmetology and Barber Boards: 

Cosmetology and barber boards are generally comprised of licensed barbers or cosmetologists, instructors, school owners, and members of the public.  Boards are responsible for managing examination and licensure requirements for barbers and cosmetologists, and for investigating and resolving any consumer complaints.  Currently, 29 states regulate their cosmetology and barber licenses under one combined state board.  Links are provided below for more information:

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