Cosmetology Career Outlook

Percent Employed


Graduates Employed


Northwood Tech 2022-2023 Graduate Follow-Up Survey

Employed in Related Field


Employed in a Related Field


Northwood Tech 2022-2023 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 

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Average Yearly Salary


Northwood Tech 2022-2023 Graduate Follow-Up Survey 


Typical positions available after graduation include:

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Cosmetologists provide scalp and facial treatments and makeup analysis. Some also clean and style wigs and hairpieces. In addition, most cosmetologists actively recommend professional hair care products or salon hair care products.

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Nail Technician

Nail Technicians work exclusively on the hands and feet, providing treatments to groom fingernails and toenails. A typical treatment involves soaking the clients’ hands or feet to soften the skin in order to remove dead skin cells. Nail Technicians apply lotion to the hands and feet to moisturize the skin. They also may shape and apply polish to artificial fingernails.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Color Technician
  • Make-up Artist
  • Skin Care/Esthetics

With additional experience, graduates may move into one of these positions: 

  • Manager
  • Owner
  • Platform Artist
  • Instructor
  • Independent Contractor
  • Consultant

Hear From Graduates

"The program at Northwood Tech was like a job. I felt very prepared for working in the industry. It was a very professional atmosphere, and there was a good variety of people to work on. Plus, it's a lot easier to get licensed in other states once you have the Wisconsin license."

Amber M., Cosmetology graduate


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