Skip to contentSkip to main navigationSkip to local navigation
skyline college cosmetology students


The Field

Cosmetologists work to make their clients feel comfortable and confident and they are often at the forefront of new trends and styles in hair and beauty techniques.

In order to succeed in cosmetology, students must be able to work well with their hands and keep their work environment organized and clean. Cosmetologists must also possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with clients.

The Cosmetology Program at Skyline College

The Skyline College Department of Cosmetology offers courses in Cosmetology and Esthetics that focus on theoretical foundation, practical skills, business knowledge, and the professional and ethical training needed for licensing through the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Prepared with excellent entry-level skills, students are able to work in many facets of the beauty industry.

Skyline College offers one Associate Degree in Cosmetology and three Certificates of Achievement in Cosmetology, Cosmetology: Entrepreneurship, and Cosmetology: Esthetician.

  • The Cosmetology program is 1600 hours. Instruction includes hair design, basic and dimensional color, texture services, skincare and facials, manicures and pedicures, and special occasion styling.
  • The Esthetician training program is 600 hours, focusing on training in skin care treatment and techniques. Students learn basic and treatment facials, skin analysis, exfoliation and hair removal.
  • The Cosmetology Instructor Preparation is designed for experienced licensed cosmetologists interested in teaching. 

Career Outlook

Cosmetologists have a unique opportunity to improve people’s lives by making them feel their best about the way they look. Usually, cosmetologists work in salons, many work part time, and nearly half of cosmetologists were self-employed in 2012 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Cosmetologists in California make an average of $27,590 per year, and employment is projected to grow 13 percent nationally over the next decade, about as fast as the national average for all occupations.