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This nail technician describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that the hardest part of the job is building up a clientele, which you need personality, art, and technical skills for. She has been in this business for 3 years and is now fully established with her clients.

Degree: Cosmotology
Job Title: Nail Technician

Job Summary: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Job Description

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists provide hair styling and beauty services.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$10,000 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Organizational skills, People skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
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