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Careers in Cosmetology

People will always want to look their best. There will always be a need for licensed Cosmetologists. Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment. Cosmetologists provide personal care services that include caring for people's hair, skin, and nails. Beauty professionals employed in the cosmetology industry include hair stylists, barbers, and estheticians, also called skin care specialists.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in cosmetology careers to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2018 and 2028, by about 8%.

Otero Junior College cosmetology school has a three semester program will meet the Colorado State Board of Barber and Cosmetology credit hour requirements. Four certificate options exist within this program: Cosmetologist 60 credits, Hairstylist 40 credits, Esthetician 24 credits and Nail Technician /Manicurist 20 credits.

Certificates in Cosmetology

Cosmetology Students

Cosmetologist (60 Total Credits)

This three-semester program provides training in hair, skin, and nail care services. Instruction is provided in hair cutting, hair styling, hair coloring, chemical texture services, skin care, waxing services, make-up application, and nail care needs.


Esthetics (24 - Total Credits)

This two-semester certificate program provides training in skin care. Instruction is provided in facials, facial makeup and hair removal.

Hair Stylist

Hair Stylist (40 Total Credits)

This two-semester certificate program provides training in hair care. Instruction is provided in hair cutting, hair styling, hair coloring, and chemical textures services.

Nail Technician

Nail Technician (20 - Total Credits)

This one-semester certificate program provides training in nail care. Instruction is provided in manicuring, pedicure, nail design extensions, and nail artistry.

Cosmetology Career Academy

The Cosmetology Career Academy has established a rotation of classes that allows you to gain specific skills throughout the three-semester program that prepares you to work in the Academy's public salon. The salon allows you to practice your classroom skills in a real-world working environment. During the public salon hours, you are able to offer a full line of services, including hair, skin, and nails. 

The Cosmetology Salon is open in the fall and in the spring. Walk-in appointments are accepted; however, appointments are encouraged. For dates or to make an appointment with students at the salon, contact 384-6990. All work is supervised by instructors.

Cosmetology Salon

Club Cosmo

Club Cosmetology is a student organization for students enrolled in the Cosmetology Career Academy. The organization focuses on the competencies that business and industry representatives have deemed critical to job success, such as professionalism, customer service and community service.

Membership is open to all students attending the Cosmetology Career Academy.