With salons and day spas thriving throughout New Jersey, it is no surprise that cosmetology programs are as popular as ever. High school and adult students complete minimum hours of course-work while attending county vocational-technical schools and are then eligible to take licensure tests through the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling. Upon graduation, they are ready to work in the glamorous world of cosmetology.
Here are some of the career opportunities in this industry:
Around Our Schools
At Camden County Technical Schools, all practical and theoretical skills required by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology are taught so that students will be prepared for the state exam and licensing. Units of instruction include state laws, shop management, scalp conditioning, hair cutting, shaping and styling, permanent waving, thermal waving, barbering, shaving, facials, manicuring, pedicuring, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry.
The cosmetology program at Mercer County Technical Schools is a culturally integrated program that gives students instruction in all phases of hair, skin and nail care. But their craft really comes alive when they get “hands-on” practice in their trade. Like many county vocational technical schools across the state, Mercer County Technical School operates an open-to-the-public salon to give students real-world experience.
Videos and More Information
NJNextStop helps students and parents learn more about career interests and options, and the occupations and skills that are in demand in New Jersey. Each industry page has several videos about the jobs that people in that field do. Here’s the link for the NJ Next Stop Human Services Page.
The National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education (NASDCTEc) has a web site that explains what students need to know and what courses they should take in high school in order to enter specific career areas. Here’s the link for National Resources for Human Services.