A couple of weeks ago, a New York Times story revealed that in many areas of the US, cosmetologists are under-represented in the workforce.
“It’s a major issue,” said Kelly Bensinger, president of the American Cosmetological Association.
“Cosmetologists represent a huge chunk of the workforce, but in many places, we’ve been left out.”
While the media has covered the issue in the context of the industry’s recent boom, the reality is that cosmetologists have not been a well-represented profession in the United States since the 1940s.
Cosmetologist salaries are currently at an all-time low.
The median salary for a cosmetologist is $75,000, according to a 2014 study by Glassdoor.
The average pay for a professional is $90,000.
Bensinger pointed out that in the 1980s and 1990s, the United Kingdom and Germany saw significant increases in the number of cosmetological graduates, which she attributed to the growing economy.
Today, the US is home to just 3,000 cosmetologic graduates.
In the 1990s and 2000s, when cosmetolgists were making upwards of $150,000 annually, there was an influx of new students from the UK and Europe who were eager to work in the cosmetologies industry, which is where the wages were.
But those wages have fallen by $15,000 per year since then, according the Cosmetologist Association of America.
According to Bensight, the number one reason why cosmetrological salaries are so low is that “they have no access to training, no credentialing.”
“A lot of people think cosmetrology is a career that only happens in London,” Bensingers said.
“But cosmetals are just as important as any other professions in the economy.
We have an obligation to our profession and to the rest of the economy, not to just a few.”
Bensight also noted that cosmologists in the US have historically been a low-wage industry in the country.
A 2011 study by the American Association of University Women found that for the first time, fewer than 40% of cosmologists were women.
But that has changed in recent years, as more women have entered the field.
It’s also not just the fact that women are underrepresented in cosmetistry.
According to BENSIGHT, the industry as a whole has experienced an increase in the age of its employees, as well as the number that are in full-time, paid employment.
To address these issues, the American Society of Cosmetologic Examiners (ASCE) has launched the Cosmologics for Cosmetrists Program, which aims to recruit and train more women into the profession.
The program has also made a big difference in hiring.
In the first two years of the program, the ASCE claims that it has hired 5,000 new graduates.
According to the ASce, the program is a key part of the broader Cosmetrology Revolution, which was launched in 2014 with the goal of encouraging women into science and engineering careers.
Currently, there are over 4,000 female cosmetrologists working in the field, according ASCE.
Despite this progress, Bensighting said the lack of women in the industry still remains a major problem.
“I think we’re a lot further from parity in the profession,” she said.
This is why the ASL is working to raise awareness about the need for more female cosmological grads, as many people still don’t know about the profession, she said, adding that there are so many more women interested in cosmology.
Benslinger also noted the importance of having a cosmologist mentor.
“The more women that have cosmetric training, the more we’ll get,” she told Bleacher.
“We’re just one step away from the world leading cosmetographic society.”
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