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.

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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 45 Comments
  1. Ishita says:

    Can only 10th pass do this work…

  2. Saumya says:

    After Makeup and Cosmetics course. Can I start my own brand of makeup & Cosmetics?

  3. Rabiya khan says:

    Hi I’m 12 pass can I wan make Cartier cosmetology I’m from Kerala

  4. Shraddha patil says:

    Can I do clinical cosmotology after completing occupational therapy bachelor degree( both) please reply me

  5. Deeksha Srivastava says:

    I am completed 2 years cosmetology & health course from Meerabi institute & technology.
    We search job or suggest best course relative c & h course.

  6. Your Name.POOJA.. says:

    I want to know , what are the steps/process to reach in teaching fields. after complition of one year course in cosmetology(hair $ skin) in ITI…

    • Dr Lavika says:

      You have to do courses and if you are good at teaching and practicals than there are lot of institutes where you can teach.

  7. Simran says:

    I am makeup artist my work is also good andjob will be try now

  8. Kanishka Patel says:

    What is tha fees of cosmetology diploma course

  9. Archita says:

    What is the scope in cosmetic study after completing BDS course in India?

  10. Iffat says:

    I completed my D pharmacy i am really fascinated by this career what should i study further to get into ghis field n work with cosmetic industries

  11. Manoj says:

    I am confused in btech cosmetology and CA .I have completed my 12th in G.Science what should i do?

  12. vandna says:

    I am 28 years old,right now am doing professional makeup artistry from lakme.I want to make and grow my career in skin & beauty industry. please suggest what further study I can do if I am collage dropout and have done 12th from vocational stream.

  13. Athira says:

    Hi,I just completed my bachelor degree in English literature. Can I have any scope to become cosmetologist?

  14. sheetal says:

    What to do to become a professional cosmetologist and how much time would it take , plz tell me

  15. Simran says:

    Hlo …I am a just going to appear for my 12th board exms in arts I hv a option to do a degree course in cosmetology ??

  16. Surbhi says:

    What is the scope of cosmeticology in India and abroad? And what is the difference?

  17. Snehal says:

    I’m a bams student. I want to do PGDC. Could you please suggest me best college for PGDC

  18. Aditi Nagvanshi says:

    Hi. I have completed my b.h.m.s and I want to know more about career opportunities for me in this field.

  19. homeshwari says:

    In which branch of cosmetics technology there is scope for
    Please guide me

  20. Tanuja says:

    I have complete Bsc from chemistry and now running age 29 so it is my right decision to come cosmatology and what kind of future there plz let me know…..

  21. Komal verma says:

    I want to job. l Complet iti

  22. Chaiti Mukherjee says:

    Hi,I have done my advance study in cosmetology from Vlcc institution..i want update myself and salary hike…so please let me know about next.

  23. Sharvari says:

    I want list of Btec in cosmetology colleges in mumbai

  24. Nikky bisen says:

    I passed out 12th in this session and I m really confused in between two courses. What should I perceive bsc (agri) or btech cosmetics.. plzz guide me plz sir ?

  25. Nikky bisen says:

    I have been just passes 12th std and want to do I m confused .I want to do btech in cosmetics ,is this one is right decision? Is there scope in future fir this field or any other course is better please tell me

  26. Talya says:

    Dear sir
    My name is Talya zayka. I am from Ukraine.I am a cosmelogy doctor, Present time I working in Ukraine. I want work in India.

  27. Anshu says:

    Dear sir,
    I have completed Graduation in Commerce. I want to learn skin treatment like …scar treatments ,laser treatment etc. Can you please suggest certificate course for NON MEDICAL STUDENTS….

    So that I can be authorized to use these equipment s.

  28. Sai subhalaxmi says:

    Hello sir/mam,
    I sai subhalaxmi, I am doing diploma in mechatronics . This is my last semester .after this I want to do this course andI am very much interested in this course . So can you please guide me .

  29. Komal Thakur says:

    Hi..I m 19 yrs old & completing my final year of UG in subject microbiology,chemistry & zoo….I m interested in cosmetology…actually I love cosmetology as my passion…what can I do if I want to do my PG in cosmetology..How can I proceed toward this branch as my career..please guide me

  30. GEETHA Hemchand says:

    I want a job. I study in VLCC insitute at cochi.

  31. GEETHA Hemchand says:

    I can only malayalam language

  32. Deepali Somani says:

    Hii, I’m Deepali. I m completed the 6 months on the diploma of cosmetology .then plz sujest me the jobs offer n how can a I surh the job

    • Nayan says:

      Hey did you got the job or not…
      I want to ask you something about cosmotology because I m thinking to pursue the cosmotology… So please answer me. What is cosmotology and after course what next their is a job or what etc… Hope you will reply

  33. priyank says:

    Hii sir I am priyanka.and I was passed out 12th with mathematics and I want to make career in the field of cosmetology,but I did not understand what to do plz help ……

  34. Avhi says:

    Sir, I’m working in a saloon but I haven’t fully knowledge about Cosmetology and I know hair stylish, coloring,massage etc. Then What I do, Pls suggest me….

  35. 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??

  36. 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

  37. suvarna inarkar says:

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

  38. SHARAD JINDAL says:


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