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What is Cosmetology?

The Cosmetology Program prepares students for employment as a salon stylist. Students gain skills in hairstyling, haircutting, shampooing, chemical texture services, skin and nail care and as a salon manager. The Cosmetology Program is conducted as a joint effort of Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Kentucky State Board of Cosmetology and Hairdressers.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
low: $17k med: $22k high: $40k

What are my career options?

Most of these workers are employed in beauty salons, but they also are found in nail salons, day and resort spas, and nursing and other residential care homes.

Cosmetology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
Apprentice Cosmetology Instructor $49,682
Cosmetologist $22,432
Nail Technician $22,432
Esthetician $23,211

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?



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Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Vanessa McKenzie
Program Coordinator