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Choosing a Career in Beauty: What Is Right For You?

Whether your passion is hair, makeup, nails, or skincare, there are many career options to choose from in the beauty industry. American Institute of Beauty wants to help you prepare for the career of your dreams. We offer programs in cosmetology, barbering, skin care, and nails. If you’re not quite sure which to pursue, let us help you out! 

Hair Stylist

If you enjoy fashion and trends, becoming a hairstylist may be a great choice for you. This career also requires some strong interpersonal skills, so if you’re a social butterfly, you’re in luck. You need to have the ability to understand people and be a good listener. Not only do hairdressers keep their clients’ tresses looking great, but many clients confide in their hairstylists and share personal details about their lives. If you’re a service-oriented individual who is focused on serving customers, you’d likely be a good fit for this career path.

Nail Technician

There’s more to being a nail technician than just manicuring nails. It takes patience, passion, and creativity. You need to have the patience to work diligently and pay close attention to details. Are you passionate about being the best nail technician? Having passion is one of the keys to success. Do you have an artistic eye? Being a nail technician is an art form. If you’re creative, this career path just may be the one for you.

AIB student practices nails.

Skin Care Specialist

If you get satisfaction from helping people feel more confident about how they look, the path of a skin care specialist may be a good choice. You’ll get to interact with different people, both young and old. You become an expert in helping solve their skin problems due to an array of issues, such as sun damage, acne, and wrinkles to name a few. Licensed estheticians can also provide professional makeup artistry services. 


Do you want to recreate the latest trends in men’s haircuts and facial hair? Think about becoming a barber! Barbers can find employment in barbershops and salons, but can also work as a freelance professional. If designing perfectly groomed beards and pristine pompadours is your cup of tea, then being a barber could be a great fit for you!


To pursue any of these careers, you must complete an accredited program and sit for the state board exam to become licensed. You can learn more about Florida licensure here.

The Beauty Industry

Working in the beauty industry has many perks and opportunities for those who want to grow and expand their knowledge and skills. Often, there are many job opportunities in this growing industry, from hairstyling chain stores to high-end salons and spas, or if you’re feeling a bit like an entrepreneur, open your own beauty business! 

Skin care specialists are often the first to know about the newest skincare products, techniques, and tools to treat skin conditions. Hairstylists are up on all the best treatments, hair color, and haircuts for their clients. Nail technicians have their nail art masterpieces on display every day, as clients can easily show off their nails to friends who might want awesome nails too!

Before you choose a career path in the beauty industry, think hard about what you’re passionate about, along with what training and education you’ll need. Consider everything you’ll need and where you want to go, and if you’re the entrepreneurial type, you can easily open your own shop as a skincare specialist, nail technician, or hairstylist.

Start Your Future

We are here to help you decide which program is best for you! Contact us today to set up a tour of one of our Florida campuses. You can also learn more about all of our programs here. We can’t wait to be a part of your beauty industry journey!

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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

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Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
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