There are a number of authorized hairdressing schools in Maryland for careers working with people in the beauty industry. Cosmetology is an ever-growing field expected to continue to flourish over the years. Hairdressers color, cut, shampoo, and style hair, usually for female clientele, and often work in a salon or barbershop. About 45% of hairdressers are self-employed.
Maryland requires state licensure for hairdressers, at a cosmetology school accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts (NACCA), and approved by The Maryland Higher Education Commission. 1500 hours of study with successful graduation is needed. State licensing examination consists of both written and hands-on testing. Hairdressers must have 9th grade education equivalent, and must be at least 17 years of age at the time of the license exam. License renewal is every 2 years. Students may expect to be in school 9 to 25 months, depending on the program and whether they attend full or part time.
Any hairdresser with an up-to-date license acquired from a state that requires the same or better educational standards as a hairdressing school in Maryland will qualify for a license by endorsement. Hairdresser must be in good standing with licensing board of that state. Additional education may be required if current state license does not match necessary criteria.
Competition for hairdresser positions is much greater at high-end facilities than at entry level. Hairdressers with a variety of cosmetology skills will increase opportunities. Salaries for hairdressers in Maryland range from $22,000 to $31,000 annually.
For more information on licensure in Maryland:
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
State Board of Cosmetologists
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
(410) 230-6320 (Phone)