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Pack Your Suitcase For an Exciting Cosmetology Career

February ’09

How would you like to cruise the Caribbean as part of your cosmetology career? Or work overseas at an exotic spa? Or spend your winters at a luxury resort in the tropics?

These exciting and creative employment opportunities could be possible with a career in cosmetology. The new global economy has opened up opportunities here and abroad for adventuresome cosmetologists, at a time when many professions are suffering slowdowns or cutbacks.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicted cosmetology jobs to increase by about 20 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than average* for other jobs. The state of California has one of the highest employment levels for cosmetologists in the entire country.

Internationally, the beauty business-particularly make-up, hair and skin care-is flourishing as well, from Dubai to the Dominican Republic.

You could design high-fashion hair for the runway; possibly become an international stylist; or may be specialize in nail artistry on a cruise ship. Vacancies in luxury cruise ship beauty staff can include positions such as salon manager, massage therapist, nail technician, or beautician. Even smaller and older cruise ships are paying more attention to health and beauty on board, resulting in an ever-growing need for cosmetologists. Such leisure and tourism jobs with international cruise services can take you to ports of call in the Mexican Riviera, South Pacific, Panama Canal, and beyond.

The NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences) also has a new international accreditation program, with some colleges offering foreign exchange cosmetology programs, giving students an opportunity to work overseas. Other schools, such as the progressive Salon Success Academy, based in Southern California, emphasize cutting-edge applications and approaches that make its graduates adaptable, able to apply the latest beauty technology in any setting — here or abroad.

Summer, seasonal, hospitality, and overseas employers are all pipelines for international employment. Some recruitment agencies specialize in cosmetology jobs for specific locations. And the experience you gain from working abroad could give you many benefits for you professionally, and possibly expand your professional and personal portfolio of knowledge. You could gain valuable networking opportunities as well as distinctively different cosmetology knowledge.

Do you have what it takes for international work? If you’re flexible, risk-taking, curious, adaptable, and have sensitivity to other cultures and lifestyles, you could thrive in your new overseas career. So go ahead, start packing your suitcase. The world awaits as you venture out in the bold new direction of cosmetology.


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About Salon Success Academies

Salon Success Academy offers five locations in California’s Inland Empire, in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. Our mission at SSA involves caring for every student as a member of our family, furnishing the chance to finish their educational objectives as affordably as possible. SSA incorporates first-hand, real-world practice of the principles of cosmetology, skin care, and nail artistry. The campus teams with members of the beauty industry to educate our graduates on the technical and customer service skills they need to succeed in their careers.



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