Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Cosmetologist


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Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Cosmetologist (Short)

Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Cosmetologist

Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools, such as scissors and combs.
  • Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.
  • Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type, and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
  • Schedule client appointments.
  • Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.
  • Demonstrate and sell hair care products and cosmetics.
  • Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.
  • Train or supervise other hairstylists, hairdressers, and assistants.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Cosmetologist Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Cosmetologist test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Memory / Attention to Detail / Logic & Reasoning
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Conscientiousness
  • Reliability
  • Service Orientation
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:39-5012.00
Simulation Context:Basic Service Worker
O*Net Context:Personal Care and Service
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$23,520 or less
Bottom 25%:
$28,850 or less
$34,970 (Average)
Top 25%:
$47,420 or more
Top 10%:
$63,310 or more

Hourly US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$11.31 or less
Bottom 25%:
$13.87 or less
$16.81 (Average)
Top 25%:
$22.80 or more
Top 10%:
$30.44 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:82,000

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Administration and Management
  • Education and Training
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Service Orientation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Active Learning
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Time Management
Top Abilities
  • Near Vision
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Originality
  • Speech Recognition
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
1 - 3 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Beautician, Beauty Advisor, Beauty Operator, Beauty Specialist, Beauty Therapist, Colorist, Cosmetic Consultant, Cosmetician, Cosmetologist, Electrologist, Electrolysis Needle Operator, Electrolysis Operator, Electrolysist, Funeral Home Makeup Artist, Hair and Makeup Designer, Hair Colorist, Hair Cutter, Hair Designer, Hair Dresser, Hair Specialist, Hair Stylist, Haircutter, Hairdresser, Hairpiece Stylist, Hairstylist, Hypertrichologist, Image Consultant, Men's Custom Hair Piece Consultant, Mortuary Beautician, Salon Customer Experience Specialist, Salon Designer, Salon Stylist, Stylist, Trichologist, Wax Specialist, Wedding Makeup Artist, Wig Dresser, Wig Stylist

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Barbers, Skincare Specialists, Shampooers, Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance, Manicurists and Pedicurists, Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers, Sewers, Hand, Retail Salespersons, Fashion Designers, Spa Managers, Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers, Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers, Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Floral Designers, Painters, Construction and Maintenance, Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers, Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Furniture Finishers, Opticians, Dispensing, Costume Attendants

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