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OPEID Code: 025957-00
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
Detail for CIP Code

Title: Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General. Definition: A program that generally prepares individuals to cut, trim, and style scalp, facial, and body hair; apply cosmetic preparations; perform manicures and pedicures; massage the head and extremities; and prepare for practice as licensed cosmetologists in specialized or full-service salons. Includes instruction in hair cutting and styling, manicuring, pedicuring, facial treatments, shampooing, chemical applications, esthetics, shop management, sanitation and safety, customer service, and applicable professional and labor laws and regulations. 

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code 
39-5010 Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists
39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
25-1194 Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary (Cosmetology Instructor)


It is extremely important that you are provided with all the facts about the physical requirements that your future career demands. The following is a list of physical demands you may encounter in this industry.

Body Position: Long periods of time standing are required for cosmetologists. 

Hands: Your hands will need protection from chemicals and continuous exposure to water and cleansing agents. Hand care products are recommended for all service professionals.

Back: Minor back stress may be caused by long intervals of standing, sitting or leaning. Please consult your physician or chiropractor if you have experienced back pain in the past.

Chemicals: As a cosmetologist you will be required to work with many different types of products and chemicals. If you currently have allergies or sensitivities to chemicals, please consult your physician with a list of the chemicals you will be exposed to.  

Sanitation: Communicable disease can be easily transmitted from one individual to the next. Special attention must be paid to yourself and your client to avoid spreading any disease.

Trade Tools: There are obvious hazards when working with sharp objects such as scissors, razors, clippers, lancets, extractors, etc. Caution must be used when handling any such item.

General Safety: On a daily basis use caution and common sense to avoid entering into any of the following situations: chemical burns, cuts and abrasions, excessive heat from hair dryer, hot water, harmful vapors or fumes, injury to eyes, and physical injury resulting from spilling liquid.