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Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists - 39-5012.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Beautician
  • Cosmetologist
  • Hair Dresser
  • Hair Stylist
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairstylist
  • Stylist

SOC Occupation Groups

39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations
39-5000 Personal Appearance Workers
39-5010 Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists
39-5012.00 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Related Occupations


  • Administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions.
  • Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.
  • Apply artificial fingernails.
  • Apply water or setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair, and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair.
  • Attach wigs or hairpieces to model heads and dress wigs and hairpieces according to instructions, samples, sketches or photographs.
  • Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.
  • Clean, shape, and polish fingernails and toenails, using files and nail polish.
  • Comb, brush, and spray hair or wigs to set style.
  • Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type, and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
  • Demonstrate and sell hair care products and cosmetics.
  • Develop new styles and techniques.
  • Give facials to patrons, using special compounds, such as lotions and creams.
  • Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools, such as scissors and combs.
  • Massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands, fingers, or vibrating equipment.
  • Operate cash registers to receive payments from patrons.
  • Order, display, and maintain supplies.
  • Recommend and explain the use of cosmetics, lotions, and creams to soften and lubricate skin and enhance and restore natural appearance.
  • Schedule client appointments.
  • Shampoo, rinse, condition, and dry hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions.
  • Shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax.
  • Shave, trim, and shape beards and moustaches.
  • Train or supervise other hairstylists, hairdressers, and assistants.
  • Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer therapeutic massages.
  • Apply cleansing or conditioning agents to client hair, scalp, or skin.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes.
  • Assess skin or hair conditions.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Design costumes or cosmetic effects for characters.
  • Groom wigs or hairpieces.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Operate cash registers.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Set up merchandise displays.
  • Supervise service workers.
  • Train service staff.
  • Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting.
  • Trim client hair.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Barber (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Hair Stylist (Existing Title: Cosmetologist)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Cosmetologist
  • Cosmetologist Apprentice
  • Hair Stylist
  • Mortuary Beautician
  • Wig Dresser