Career In Cosmetology

A Famous Poet William Shakespeare says that:

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”  

Everyone in this world wants to look beautiful and handsome in others eyes.

That’s why career opportunity in the field of cosmetology is highly demanded.

What is Cosmetology?

“Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment”.

It is a part of medical science (medical courses) that focuses on physical appearance of a person & makes people look good.

It consists of various branches that include beauty therapy and treatments for face, body, hair and overall health care.

A cosmetologist is an expert in makeup, skin care and beauty products.

Cosmetologists provide beauty services that include cosmetic care for hair, skin, nails and body.

Madam C.J. Walker was the first black female entrepreneur in the US who set up their own business upon hair, beauty products & cosmetics for black women.


Career Scope

There is a wide scope in the profession of cosmetology in India or in other countries. Cosmetology is the promising career for youth because of advancement in the life style. If you wish to practice in medical cosmetology the basic requirement is a medical degree from any reputed medical college. Those have a diploma or master’s degree in dermatology may also practice in medical cosmetology. After completing an MBBS degree, the aspirants may avail a training/ certification programme in order to become a specialist or a trainer. With a degree in General Cosmetology, you can work in a salon or a spa. Aspirants can also work in different specialized areas of cosmetology such as a nail technician (manicures/ pedicures/ nail art etc). Those who already have a license/ certificate in skin treatment can work as assistants in a skin clinic.

Courses & Duration

How I become a Cosmetologist?

If you are interested to become a cosmetologist then, you need to have obtained educational & licensing certificates. If you have a right educational qualification and license, then you can work in different industries or you can also be self-employed.

The courses offered by the universities are of full duration courses. Some universities/colleges also offer short duration job oriented courses.

Non-Medical Cosmetologist did not require any professional degree. They only require an age limit not less than 16 years. They can pursue short-term diploma & certificate courses from any cosmetology school to get licensed. You can pursue these courses after 10th or after 12th. Many institutions in India offer many other degree & master courses. You can pursue these courses after 12th & graduation.

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The specialized fields of Cosmetology are: beauty therapy, makeup, massage, facials, hair styling, Mehendi, aromatherapy, tattoos, nail art, electrolysis and herbal beauty care. The courses offered under cosmetology are given below:

Diploma Courses (6 month to 1 year):

  • Diploma in Fashion Media Make up
  • Diploma in Cosmetology
  • Diploma in Hair Dressing
  • Diploma in Makeup

Certificate Courses (3 to 6 Month):

  • Certificate Course in Herbal Beauty and Therapy
  • Certificate Course in Massage Therapy
  • Certificate course in Beauty Culture

Master Courses (1 year):

  • PG Diploma in Cosmetology (PGDC)

Skills required to become a Cosmetologists

  • Good communication and consultation skills.
  • Understanding of the effects of various beauty products.
  • Knowledge of Physiology of the skin, hair and nails.
  • Knowledge of Chemistry of color and color theory.


How I get admission in Cosmetology Courses?

  • Candidates who seek admission in any of the institutions of beautician courses, they have to appear for the entrance exam that is conducted by those institutions.
  • If you want to pursue PGDC, then you have to qualify MBBS/BDS/BAMS/BHMS degree.

Top Institution in India offers study in Cosmetology:

  • VLCC Academy of Beauty Health & Management
  • Shahnaz Husain International Beauty Academy
  • National and Regional Vocational Training Institutes for Women
  • Habib’s Hair Academy
  • Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF), Jaipur
  • International Women Polytechnic ,Delhi

Career & Jobs

“Endless career possibility in the industry of Beauty”

In India, the industry is booming and the demand of a cosmetologist is on a high-rise in the Fashion World.

As a cosmetologist, you can work in high-end salons, beauty parlors and in luxury hotels/resorts.

The demand of Makeup artists is high in advertising, television and film industries.

You can make your career being an image consultant, teaching, sales consultant and writing books or articles.

Professional Degree Holder can work with the Beauty Therapy Clinics, Skin Clinics, Hospitals, etc.

Some of the cosmetologists help clients to identify their skin/hair type and how to apply cosmetics, how to care for it and also solve other skin/beauty/hair issues. The career options in the cosmetology are wide. The various beauty industries offer numbers of career opportunities for the professionals to practice and do the job.

It is a career in which you can find the lucrative job options with good earnings. The earnings of an individual depend upon their experience and reputation of the industry. The trained cosmetologists find well paid jobs in Skin treatment clinics, beauty parlors, salons and in high profile hotels/resorts. Makeup professionals are always in demand in television and film industries.  Also, they are in demand in the fashion world.  The other options are such as an image consultant, writing books or articles in beauty magazines and also working in the teaching profession.

Job Profiles:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Hairstylist
  • Nail Care Artists
  • Salon Sales Consultant
  • Manufacturer Sales Representative
  • Makeup Artist
  • Fashion Show Stylist
  • Beauty Magazine Writer
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Beauty Care Distributor


The salary of cosmetologists will depend on their earning potential, city, level of experience, etc. In India, a cosmetologist can earn Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2 Lakh per annum as a starting salary. Candidate has a professional degree then, they can expect a starting salary of Rs. 50,000 per month.

In abroad, the mean annual wage for cosmetologists is $27,940 per year before tips.

Books & Study Material

  • Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation by Nigel Barker
  • Color Stories by Mary Lisa Gavenas
  • Passionate Salon Professionals by Dr. Lewis Losoncy, Joe Santy
  • Spa & Salon Alchemy by Sandra Alexcae Moren
  • Skin Care: Beyond the Basics by Lees, Mark
  • Cosmetology Certification Exam by LearningExpress Editors

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Displaying 19 Comments
  1. chitranshi singh says:


    I want to study cosmetology becoz i want to pursue my dream being professional and wanted to do my course from DELHI..


  2. ASHMEET KAUR says:

    Hello Sir/Ma’am
    I needed some guidance regarding my career
    Wanna know how can i persue studies to br cosmetologist after 12th arts

  3. Rahul bhamare says:

    IAm bTech cosmetic student. My question is, what is higher education after betch cosmetic in IIT. And Which entrance exam for IIT

  4. Deepak says:

    Sir what are the salary after doing cosmetologist course and cam we do degree course of cosmetologist

  5. Gayatri says:

    Dear Respected Sir/Ma’am,
    I am studying now B . Tech Cosmetics. I will become a cosmetologist so what I should do after my B. Tech Cosmetics.
    Your sincerely,

  6. Maheen Sultana says:

    I am 10 pass can I do this for my career best

  7. Raj says:

    I have completed B.A and want to make my carrier in beauty/ cosmetic pls guide and help

  8. Leo Harry says:

    Hello this is Leo Harry. I want to start a business of cosmetic but i had no knowledge of branded cosmetics.

  9. samra says:

    After 12 can I did cosmetologist course??

  10. yogendra singh says:

    I want a PG diploma in clinical cosmetology please guide about how to get information

  11. Manisha shinde says:

    I want make career in skin acne treatment. But I’m GRATEDUCATE in bcom

  12. Neelima says:

    Good information. Just to add, a regular degree course i.e. B.Voc is now available for students interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology at Jain University, Bangalore.

  13. Krupa says:

    Can I do that course after 12 faill the entrance exam is this important for that course
    What can I do.

  14. divya says:

    hey am divya . I will pass out 12th in this season . i want to make our carier in cosmetology. bt i do not know abt this. plssss plsss help ….what i do & how do??

  15. varsha says:

    Hey this is varsha I completed my mcom part 1 I want to do this study I really don’t no abt cosmetology can u suggested Me what should I do

  16. suvarna inarkar says:

    i want do this study i have done bsc plz help me for that i am staying in Mumbai

  17. SHARAD JINDAL says:


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