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Cosmetology Programs in Florida

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Cosmetologists perform a number of job functions, depending on the path they take. Whether you want to work with hair, nails, or skin, earning your cosmetology education can be the foundation for your success.

We help students from all over the nation find and compare programs and find the information they need to make the best decision. Now, you have the same opportunity to learn what options are available in your area. Good luck on your journey to a more beautiful career! Be sure to contact several schools to be sure you weigh your options carefully.

Working as a cosmetologist…

As a cosmetologist, you will likely perform essential personal services such as washing and styling hair, applying makeup, massage therapy, and providing skin and nail treatments. Cosmetologists may learn and perform a range of beauty services, such as hair and makeup for special events, film and television, or photography sessions. Some open their own salons, in their homes or in retail spaces. It’s truly a flexible career that you can mold to fit your ambitions, personality and creative style.  You may want to specialize in one or two kinds of personal services, or rent a chair at an upscale salon.

However, to increase your chances for success, you should find the right program to train, and become certified and licensed to work with clients. Use the link below to find and request information from a school if you are not yet licensed.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida is one of the top five states for employment of cosmetologists!

If you are fortunate to live in the state of Florida, consider the benefits of a cosmetology career can provide to someone in your situation. Think of all the ways you could take advantage of your new skills in your community. When speaking with schools in your area, be sure to ask which employers they have relationships with, and if they have post-graduation help in finding positions for graduates. This can also tell you a lot about a school’s reputation in the area, and the quality of education you may receive. That’s why we always recommend contacting 2-3 schools just to get a good idea of which program will best meet your goals.

Learn the requirements for working as a professional in Florida, then contact our featured schools to get started!

Cosmetologist Licensing in Florida

The Florida State Board of Cosmetology has license requirements for cosmetologists. There is a cosmetology license requirement of 1200 hours of instruction, exam, and license fee. In addition, there are special license registrations required for manicurists, those who apply facials, hair braiding, and other services. Licensure is by exam and endorsement, and annual license fees range from $30 to $55. License requirements may be met in 12 to 18 months in many programs. A two-year degree such as an Associate in Applied Science in cosmetology takes a little longer but provides students with more in-depth cosmetology training.

Cosmetologist Pay and Job Outlook in Florida

The average median salary in Florida as of May 2012 was $25,750, with the highest concentrations of cosmetologist jobs in Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Meyers and Sarasota. The job outlook for cosmetologists is expected to grow 14 percent between 2010 and 2020, with good job prospects. Many cosmetologists work part time, with some evening and weekend hours, but some cosmetologists do have daytime hours during the week as well.

Some more entrepreneurial cosmetologists may be self-employed or advance to salon management or ownership, which can take more of the business side of a career into consideration. Similar occupations include estheticians, manicurists and pedicurists, and skincare specialists.

A career as a cosmetologist can mean a fast-track career path with a technical or vocational training program or an in-depth immersion in cosmetology with a degree program. Those considering careers in cosmetology should be creative, customer service oriented, have good listening skills, and be able to work well with clients and salon staff. Training in cosmetology prepares students for a wide range of career paths, as diverse as manicurist, hair stylist, makeup artist and skin care specialist. If interested in learning more about those programs, be sure to check out our programs page for more information, where we profile each program that is under the cosmetology umbrella.

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Cosmetology Schools in Florida

We have direct relationships with 50+ cosmetology schools in Florida, and we can help you get directly in contact with them to get some more information on their programs and ask any questions you may need answered. We recommend requesting information from 2 or 3 schools and doing your research to make sure the school is right for you.


The Hair Design Institute Apopka Apopka, FL 
Boca Beauty Academy Boca Raton, FL 
International Hair and Barber Academy Boca Raton, FL 
MCI Institute of Technology School of Cosmetology Boca Raton, FL 
Florida Career College Boynton Beach, FL 
The Hair Design Institute Boynton Beach Boynton Beach, FL 
Cortiva Institute Bradenton / Sarasota, FL 
Meridian College Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota, FL 
Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy Brandon Tampa area, FL 
Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers Orlando Casselberry, FL 
Aveda Institute Tampa Bay Clearwater , FL 
Sunstate Academy Clearwater, FL 
American Institute of Beauty Inc. Clearwater area Largo, FL 
Cortiva Institute Fort Lauderdale / Pompano Beach, FL 
Empire Beauty School Fort Lauderdale Lauderhill Fort Lauderdale Lauderhill , FL 
Florida Academy of Massage & Skin Care Fort Myers, FL 
Sunstate Academy Fort Myers, FL 
The Salon Professional Academy Fort Myers (North), FL 
Hollywood Institute Margate, FL 
Aveda Institute Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Davie, FL 
Florida Career College Hialeah, FL 
Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers Hollywood, FL 
Aveda Institute Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 
Florida Career College Jacksonville, FL 
Fortis Institute Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 
Heritage Institute Jacksonville, FL 
Paul Mitchell The School Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 
TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy Jacksonville, FL 
Virginia College Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 
The Salon Professional Academy Lady Lake / The Villages, FL 
Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy Lakeland, FL 
Fortis College Largo Largo, FL 
Florida Career College Lauderdale Lakes, FL 
Hair Benders Academy Longwood, FL 
Florida College of Natural Health Maitland / Orlando, FL 
Florida College of Natural Health Miami, FL 
Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers Miami Beach Miami Beach, FL 
Cozmo The School Naples, FL 
American Academy of Cosmetology Orange Park , FL 
FCC Anthem College Orlando Orlando, FL 
Aveda Institute Orlando Area / Winter Park, FL 
Daytona College Ormond Beach, FL 
Academy of Palm Beach Palm Beach Lake Worth, FL 
Florida Career College Pembroke Pines, FL 
Fortis Institute Pensacola Pensacola, FL 
Loraine’s Academy, Inc. St. Petersburg, FL 
Aveda Institute Tallahassee Tallahassee, FL 
The Salon Professional Academy Tampa, FL 
Empire Beauty School West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL 
Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers West Palm Beach Campus West Palm Beach, FL