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Career Opportunities

Today, the professional salon industry continues to offer exciting and rewarding careers to qualified job seekers as hair designers, estheticians, makeup artists and nail technicians. Whether you’re launching your first career or making a mid-life career change, cosmetology offers many opportunities.

  • Salon Hairstylist
  • Free-lance Hairstyliest
  • Salon Owner/Manager
  • Hair Color Specialist
  • Artificial Hair Services Specialist
  • Platform Artist
  • Cruise Ship Stylist
  • Hospital Hair-Care Service
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Nail Technician
  • Salesperson/Retail Specialist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Stage and Film Makeup Artist
  • Beauty and Fashion Consultant
  • Photo Stylist
  • Cosmetology School Instructor
  • Cosmetology School Owner
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • State Board Examiner
  • State Board Inspector
  • Trade Publication Writer

Elaine Steven Beauty College offers lifetime job placement assistance to all graduates*. As a student, you will receive both group instruction and one-on-one career advising as you near graduation. Here is a sampling of the business and career development classes offered as a regular part of the senior curriculum for all students:

Job Placement Assistance

  • Opening a Salon
  • Operating a Successful Salon
  • Designing Your Dream Salon
  • Seeking Employment & Job Readiness
  • Completing Employment Applications
  • Resume Development
  • The Employment Interview
  • Developing a Portfolio
  • On the Job (Professional Relationships)
  • Developing a Personal Budget
  • Math in the Beauty Salon
  • Payroll Deductions and Taxes
  • Compensation Packages
  • Missouri State Laws of Cosmetology
  • State Board Exam Preparation Workshops
  • State Board Practice Exams

In addition, one-on-one career advising is offered to all students in our
Career Services Office. Some of the services offered are:

  • Assessment, Tutoring and Individual Education Plans.
  • Job Placement Assistance, through our solid relationships with St. Louis area employers.
  • Resume consulting.
  • Professional Image Consulting
  • Confidential student referrals through our Support Services Resource Directory
  • State Board Exam Scheduling and Application Processing
  • Annual Full Cap & Gown Graduation Ceremony

*NACCAS prohibits accredited schools from guaranteeing job placement.

Job Demand & Earnings

Summary for from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Working Conditions

Cosmetologists work in clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and comfortable temperatures. Their work can be physically demanding because they must be on their feet for hours at a time and work with their hands at shoulder level. Many full time cosmetologists work more than 40 hours per week, including evenings and weekends, when beauty salons are busiest. Employers look for prospective employees who are self-starters, enthusiastic, well-groomed and professional in appearance, display ability to maintain professional relationships with clients and coworkers, are dependable and responsible, follow salon policies and procedures, have a good attendance record, and embrace a “team player” attitude.
Manicurists work in clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and comfortable temperatures. They may sit for long periods of time and almost always work with chemicals that may have unpleasant odors. Many full time manicurists work more than 40 hours per week, including evenings and weekends, when salons are busiest. Employers look for prospective employees who are self-starters, enthusiastic, well-groomed and professional in appearance, display ability to maintain professional relationships with clients and co-workers, are dependable and responsible, follow salon policies and procedures, have a good attendance record, and embrace a “team player” attitude.

Instructors work in clean, pleasant surroundings in a school environment. Their work can be physically demanding because they must be on their feet for hours at a time. Instructors typically work 40 hours per week, but are required to take Continuing Education classes at a minimum every 2 years in order to renew their license. Employers look for prospective employees who are self-starters, enthusiastic, well-groomed and professional in appearance, display ability to maintain professional relationships with clients and co-workers, are dependable and responsible, follow salon policies and procedures, have a good attendance record, and embrace a “team player” attitude.

Safety Requirements

Cosmetologists, Manicurists and Instructors are sometimes called upon to work with hazardous chemicals, some requiring the use of plastic gloves and proper ventilation. Instruction in proper handling of these products as recommended by OSHA standards is given throughout the program. Manufacturer’s Material Data Safety Sheets are available to all students in the school dispensary or on the web.


Free Cosmetology Career Counseling:
For a free cosmetology career counseling session, students, parents and career professionals are invited to personally contact Ms Mae Howard, Admissions Director at Elaine Steven Beauty College in St. Louis, Missouri or call 314-868-8196 for more information.
For further information or to find an accredited cosmetology school near you, visit the NACCAS website at www.naccas.org or contact The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences at 4401 Ford Avenue ~ Suite 1300, Alexandria, VA 22302 USA – 703-600-7600.

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Financial Aid

Elaine Steven Beauty College offers Pell Grants and Direct Loans to students who qualify.

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Programs Offered

Cosmetology 1500 Clock Hours
Manicuring 400 Clock Hours
Instructor Training 600 Clock Hours

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Student Clinic

Elaine Steven Beauty College is open to the public for hair, nail, and facial services under instructor supervision.

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