Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

6.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $13.16 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 22% (No worries)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
Manual Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
very important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists' job openings is expected to rise 19.4% by 2030
'Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists' was $27,380, or $13.16 hourly
'Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists' are paid 34.7% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 302,410 people employed as Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists.
This represents around 0.22% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job 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.

SOC Code: 39-5012.00

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bob (No chance) says
I don't see it in our future robots haven't gotten that artistic to know the exact needs or wants of a person
Feb 01, 2021 at 07:08 PM
Dawley Hair Design (Never) says
lol!!! been doing this over 10 yrs.. no way in HELL hair will be automated in any of our life times
Jul 09, 2020 at 01:56 PM
Kim says
I wouldn't ever take a chance of a robot cutting my hair, I'd fear being cut by the robot.
Jan 26, 2020 at 07:48 PM
Elle (Small chance) says
AI still has a long way to go before it can start doing people’s hair, too much dexterity involved.
Sep 21, 2019 at 11:17 AM
Millie (Small chance) says
Because they will probably do something wrong
Sep 04, 2019 at 09:47 AM
Sarah (No chance) says
Hairstyling is a creative job to do at saloons. Saloons are opening so this job should grow a bit.
Jun 26, 2019 at 01:36 AM
zoe haumaha (Could go either way) says
I really want to be a hair dress
Jun 13, 2019 at 10:53 PM

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