One factor driving the national debate about higher education is the relationship between an individual’s college major and the work they do following graduation.
U.S. Bureau of the Census Data reports that just 27% of four-year college graduates have a job related to their major. In comparison, Bellus Academy places nearly 80% of its graduates in beauty and wellness industry jobs within one year of graduating.
Monthly job reports also highlight “seasonality”, an often overlooked factor in job reports. For example, robust gains in some sectors reflect spikes related to the holidays, summer tourism and other seasonal considerations.
“One of the great insights that came out of the Great Recession was that the beauty industry is immune to changing seasons – hair doesn’t stop growing when the economy declines,” said Lynelle Lynch, Bellus Academy Owner and President.
Perhaps the strongest indicator of a career’s potential is job demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for extensions, hair coloring, straightening and other beauty and wellness services could translate to more than 77,600 new cosmetology positions by 2022.
The numbers are also strong in Southern California. Bellus Academy posts more than 3,100 jobs across its four campuses annually and has nearly 100 open jobs currently posted by its partner salon employers.