Hairdresser, Hairstylist, & Cosmetologist

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Job Outlook through 2028

Employment Current: 44,180
Employment Projected: 48,220
Percentage Change: 9.1%


Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Barber Stylist
  • Beautician
  • Cosmetologist
  • Hair Dresser
  • Hair Stylist
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairstylist
  • Manager Stylist
  • Master Cosmetologist
  • Stylist


  • Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools, such as scissors and combs.
  • Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.
  • Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type, and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
  • Schedule client appointments.
  • Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.


  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $17,230
Average: $23,490
Experienced: $49,100