Overall employment of cosmetologists is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014, due to an increasing population, rising incomes, and growing demand for personal appearance services. The number of self-employed, booth-renting and salaried cosmetologists should continue to grow, and opportunities will be better for those licensed to provide a broad range of cosmetology services. (Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook (2006-07))
In central Kentucky, the median annual salary of a cosmetologist is $25, 455. (Source: www.salary.com)
Knowledge of the theories of hair, skin, and nail care is coupled with practice of the various techniques used in salons. After successful completion of the prescribed hours of instruction,(successful completion of state board exams), and the six months apprenticeship, program graduates are eligible to take the examination administered by the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetology to become licensed cosmetologists. Progression in the Cosmetology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of "C" or better in each course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).
Students attend class Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30. The cosmetology program consists of 4 full time semesters of 450 clock hours each.