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Cosmetology Career Research

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Conduct a survey of cosmetology as a career using statistics to determine growth, opportunities, types of employment and salons, earnings and demand by geographical location, especially in Houston.

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Two pieces of information important to searching these internet sites are the SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) code for beauty shops 7231 and the SOC code for cosmetology 39-5012. Lists of services in the following SIC code numbers:

Division I: Services

Major Group 72: Personal Services: Beauty Shops

The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Links to labor statistics in all areas.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Bureau of Labor Statistics

REF HF 5281.A1036 [College and Careers]

Available online: http://www.bls.gov/oco/

Occupational Employment Statistics 2000 Texas

http://www.bls.gov/oes/home.htm click on state

Occupational Employment Statistics 2000 Houston Metropolitan Area

http://www.bls.gov/oes/home.htm click on metropolitan area

Texas Workforce Job Market and Economic Data

Statistics Search Page


Texas Industry Profile Personal Services



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You might browse the two major cosmetology journals in the Kingwood College Library:
  • American Salon
  • Modern Salon

The library also subscribes to many article databases. PA Research II/ProQuest is recommended for this topic. Select the Guided Search and type your keywords in the boxes provided. Example: cosmetology AND career

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Library Catalog
The library catalog will locate books on cosmetology which are generally in the T section.

Here is a selection of books owned by the Kingwood College Library:

Milady Salon Ovations Nail Q&A Book:

Assists in developing a career as a nail technician by understanding the basics of nail technology. TT 958.3.P48 1996

Miladys Salon Solutions

Offers cosmetologists reliable technical information pertaining to problems that occur in modern salons. TT 957.C67 1993

Permanent Waves: The Making of the American Beauty Shop.

A history of the beauty shop in America. TT 957.W54 2000

Adding It Up: Math for Your Cosmetology Career.

A clear, concise manual with easy-to-follow examples designed to help develop the math skills necessary to work in cosmetology. TT 958.D86 1992

Salons and Computers: A Starters Guide for Success.

Covers practical uses of a computer in a salon, historical information of the development of computers, and some technical data on how computers work as well the information on how to choose and use a computer. TT958.G34 1999

Milady Salon Ovations The Multicultural Client: Cuts, Styles, and Chemical Services

Discusses various multicultural markets and the hairstyle trends and retail opportunities in those markets. TT 958.W87 1996

Spa Manicuring For the Salon and Spa

Has background information, procedures, and in-salon implementation concerning the latest knowledge and skills in manicuring. TT 958.3.M33 2000

You and Your Clients: Miladys Human Relations For Cosmetology

Demonstrates the importance of proper communication with clients and gives concrete methods of bettering communication skills. TT965.E33 1992

Books on cosmetology as a career, located in the College/Careers Section in Room 110 in the library

Planning Your Cosmetology Career TT958.M87 1994

Beauty Cultures Careers TT958.G363 1996

Careers in Focus: Cosmetology TT958.C367 1998

Learning Express. The Complete Cosmetology Licensing Exam TT958.C67 1998


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State of Texas Barber and Beauty Shops Survey, September 1998

Report by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Index of Business Types- Texas

Under "Beauty Salon-Barber" gives licenses, environmental regulations, and tax permits for the business


Texas Economic Development

Lists and explains the four steps to starting a business in Texas.



Information on all aspects of the beauty business as well as links to other sites of interest.


Or try http://www.google.com


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Written by: Updated: Jun. 17, 2002 cbg

Contact , Cosmetology Coordinator or , Professor