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Full-Timers Applying to Beauty School For Back-Up

Frenchie may have been on to something when she gave beauty school a shot, but these days many students considering cosmetology aren't dropping out of high school like the Grease redhead. An increasing number of full-time workers are enrolling in cosmetology programs to serve as a back-up plan in the uncertain economy or to gain skills for a second career to bring in additional income.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for growth in the field during the next several years, it seems like a smart option for some people — between 2006 and 2016, the personal appearance field will grow an estimated 14 percent. Cosmetology does have its costs, though: the average tuition is $6,000 to $10,000, with some schools charging up to $20,000, and starting out as a stylist is hardly a simple endeavor.

As with any profession, there are pros and cons when it comes to getting a degree in the personal appearance field. Is it something you've ever considered?

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