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Cosmetologists work as hair stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, colorists, and makeup artists. They ply their trades in salons, spas, medical offices, or on cruise ships. Some cosmetologists prefer to make house calls.

Each state in the union has its own specific set of requirements for issuing a cosmetology license. Many professionals receive their training at vocational schools or at a cosmetology college.

State requirements for the cosmetology license can include certification or degrees from a cosmetology college, and passing a physical examination combined with written and performance testing. Many cosmetologists begin their preparation in high school vocational classes, then later at vocational schools, community colleges, barbering colleges, or beauty academies.

Business and computer courses are also helpful for those who hope to manage their own store or service company. With greater experience, cosmetologists can turn into salon managers, work as beauty product representatives, or take jobs as instructors in a cosmetology college.

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