Why not work on your tan and attend beauty school at the same time? Florida is a great place to get your education and obtain your cosmetology license! From the large coastal cities to the smaller inland towns, Florida has much to offer in the way of beauty school. Is an urban setting your style? Check out the major cities like Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Would you prefer less hustle and bustle? Stay inland and get your education in a smaller town. Either way, opportunities are plentiful and no matter what you decide, there’s no better way to see what you’re signing up for than to actually visit the campus! And who knows? After a few visits to different schools in different areas, you may find that your location preference changes.
To obtain your cosmetology license in Florida you must complete 1200 hours of course work with no apprenticeship requirement. Reciprocity is given to those who have a license from another state who’s requirements are the same as, or more stringent, than the Florida’s. Another benefit that some people don’t think about is that home salons are permitted in Florida. Some states don’t allow home salons so if it’s always best to check first if working from home is your goal.
Florida has one of the widest ranges of earnings seen for hairstylists. At the low end you can expect to earn about $20,000 and over $35,000 at the high end. The wide variance may be due to Florida having pockets of wealthy communities in cities like Cape Coral and Sarasota where earnings do tend to be at the higher end.
For more information on licensure in Florida:
Florida Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation
1940 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399