The beauty and wellness industry offers an abundance of career opportunities, not necessarily in a salon. As a matter of fact, there are numerous non-traditional career paths that licensed cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and makeup artists can pursue! All you need to do is think outside the box to find a career that’s right for you.
Here’s a list of some non-traditional career paths for you to consider:
Fashion Industry- Are you a fashionista? Then you might want to consider working behind the scenes in the fashion industry from runway shows, photo shoots, and editorial work.
Platform Artist - Love being the center of attention? A career as a platform artist might be the perfect career fit. It requires traveling, teaching, and inspiring other industry professionals while on stage at beauty shows or other industry events. You will demonstrate the latest collections, products, and techniques.
Beauty Writer/Editor- Do you have a way with words? Use your writing skills and beauty industry knowledge to write for blogs and beauty magazines.
Cruise Ships- Passion for adventure and the open seas? Working as a service provider aboard a cruise ship salon can provide the opportunity for travel, filled with a variety of clients and experiences.
Product Manufacturer- If you feel passionate about a particular product line, how about working directly with the manufacturer as a sales representative? Work with fellow service professionals and salon owners to educate them about your products.
School Instructor- Teaching is a rewarding career. You get to share what you learned working in the industry with the next generation of future industry professionals (and shape the future!)
Image Consultant/Stylist- Do you have an eye for details? An image consultant gives you the opportunity to put it all together from head to toe. Coach clients on wardrobe, hair, and makeup. You can also work with clients in the media spotlight to help them look their best.
Retail Specialist- Got a knack for retailing? Retail Specialists may work at independent or large department stores supporting the beauty counters. If you have a passion for recommending products and have an interest in reaching sales targets, then this might be the perfect fit!
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Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team where she currently serves as an Implementation and Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative training that inspires and empowers beauty industry professionals.
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