Cosmetology Schools in Philadelphia

If you live in the Philadelphia area and have a real passion for working with hair, skin, nails and helping others look good, why not consider attending a cosmetology school in Philadelphia? Below you will find all the information you need on being a cosmetologist and working in Philadelphia.

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To work in the state of Pennsylvania as a cosmetogologist or beauty practitioner, you must complete a trading program at an accredited school and pass a licensing exam through the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology. For a cosmetology school to be approved, its curriculum must meet the state’s requirements for hours.

For instance, cosmetologist and barber programs must be 1,250 hours while cosmetology instructors must complete 500 hours and be licensed cosmetologists. Esthetician and nail technician programs must be 300 hours and 200 hours, respectively. Beauty practitioners are required to obtain certification. Cosmetology programs include cosmetology classes and internships for hands-on training.

Job Demand for Cosmetologists in Philadelphia

Being a major city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is a good place for cosmetologists to work. As of May 2013, there were almost 25,000 cosmetologists and hair stylists employed in the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also reported that Pennsylvania ranks first in the nation in terms of both highest employment level and concentration of jobs in the profession.

These professionals are expected to see an employment boost of thirteen percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS. Skincare specialists, another area of cosmetology, are predicted to see employment grow up to forty percent during that decade.

Cosmetology and Beauty Salary Ranges in Philadelphia

Despite the high concentration of jobs for cosmetologists in the state of Pennsylvania, the 2013 wages of $25,910 were slightly below the national average, which was more than $27,000. However, salaries vary throughout the city of Philadelphia, depending on location, clientele and area of specialty. reports that the average annual salary for licensed cosmetologists in Philadelphia was $42,000 as of August 2014. General hair stylists in Philadelphia may earn about $28,000 while licensed cosmetologist/esthetician specialists may earn almost $60,000. A large amount of a cosmetologist’s earnings come from tips and commissions.

List of Top Beauty and Cosmetology Programs in Philadelphia

Although the Associated Skin Care Professionals and the National Center for Education Statistics report there are more than 20 cosmetology schools in the entire state, there are only three that are located right in Philadelphia. The three schools are listed below with the programs they offer, the program length and if they offer certificates or degrees.

  • Cosmetology Certificate – 42 weeks – Empire Beauty School – Center City – Philadelphia, PA
  • Cosmetology Instructor Certificate – 21 weeks – Empire Beauty School – Center City – Philadelphia, PA
  • Cosmetology Certificate – 42 weeks – Jean Madeline Aveda Institute – Philadelphia, PA
  • Esthiology Certificate – 300 hours – Jean Madeline Aveda Institute – Philadelphia, PA
  • Nail technology Certificate – 200 hours (7 weeks) – Jean Madeline Aveda Institute – Philadelphia, PA
  • Cosmetology instructor Certificate – 500 hours – Jean Madeline Aveda Institute – Philadelphia, PA
  • Cosmetology Certificate – 1,250 hours – LT International Beauty School – Philadelphia, PA
  • Cosmetology Instructor Certificate – 600 hours – LT International Beauty School – Philadelphia, PA
  • Manicurist Certificate – 300 hours – LT International Beauty School – Philadelphia, PA

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