Career Information

The Beauty Industry provides many career opportunities that are both flexible and rewarding. There is no limit to your potential if you are driven and ambitious. A career in the beauty industry allows you the opportunity to change people’s lives by making them look and feel beautiful.

With a Phagans’ education, you could begin a career as a hair designer, hair colorist, nail technician, esthetician, barber, makeup artist or even a salon/spa manager/owner.

Earning and Compensation Opportunities

Salaries of cosmetologists depend on a number of factors such as, experience, ability, clientele, location and salary or lease arrangements between the professional and the salon owner.  It can take time, dedication and hard work before for a newly licensed cosmetology professional establishes a regular clientele.  Research wage and employment outlook data by clicking the links below.

  • Oregon wage and projections data can be found by going to, then type in a job title in “Occupational Profiles.”
  • Research  careers and the need for various occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook at
  • For career exploration and job analysis visit


Employment Opportunities

Graduates who become licensed in Hair Design, Esthetics, Nail Technology, and/or Barbering have some of the following career opportunities available:

salon chairs SALON & SPA CAREERS – Salon Stylist or Technician, Salon/Spa Owner, Salon/Spa Manager, Salon/Spa Chain Manager, Platform Artist, Cruise Lines or Resort Stylist or Technician, Salon/Spa Guest Service Coordinator
teacher_whiteboard002_16x9 EDUCATION –  College Manager, College Educator, Teaching classes/seminars, Writing for Industry publications, Cadet Training/Internship, College Owner
full-moroccanoil-line MERCHANDISING – Manufacturers Representative, Manufacturers Technician, Beauty Supply Representative, Beauty Supply Technician, Company Cosmetic Buyer, Guest Artist or Speaker
  chemistry-peels small PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT – Public Relations, Science, Chemistry, Advertising, Promotions, Marketing
shutterstock_58737472 MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES – Stylist or Technician for Fashion Shows, Pageants, Plays, Videos, Movies, Television
siteLogo REGULATION  – State Licensing Agent, State Salon/ College Inspector, State Board Participant


Sample Standard Occupation Codes

  • Hair Designer: 39-5012.00, 39-5093.00, 39-1021.01.  Specialist in hair sculpture, texture, color, condition and other elements of Hair Design.
  • Barber: 39.5011.00, 39-5093.00, 39-1021.01. Specialist in hair sculpture and beard/mustache trims.
  • Nail Technician: 39-5092.00, 39-1021.01. Manicurist, pedicurist, nail artist, podiatrist assistant.
  • Esthetician: 39-5094.00, 39-5091.00, 39-1021.01. Skin care therapist, make-up artist, dermatologist assistant, spa esthetician.
  • Cadet Teacher: 25-1194.00. Teach at a cosmetology college, teach cosmetology in community college, and/or build-up credentials for platform artist work.

Additional Standard Occupational Codes (SOC Codes) can be found at:


Career Placement Assistance

Phagans’ does not make any guarantees of employment or salary upon graduation.  However, we do solicit feedback from our graduates and employers of our graduates in regards to the material in our practical, theoretical and business curriculum.  The college will provide placement assistance, which will consist of identifying employment opportunities.  There is a Bulletin Board available at each college where Job/Employment opportunities are posted.  We have a thorough Career Development program which includes classes in completing a job application, professional appearance guidelines, preparing for a job interview, and instructions on how to write a resume and cover letter.  The program also includes training in clientele building, customer service, money management, marketing, business planning and many other valuable business tools.