Imagine Your Future Career

Do you dream for passion in your profession? Do you dream of a career doing what you love?

If you can DREAM…have a vision of where you want to be in life and the career path you want to follow. If you BELIEVE…in yourself and your aspirations. We will help you ACHIEVE

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Together we can do this.

It’s EASIER to choose your path when you’re in demand.
The cosmetology industry employs individuals in every town and city in the country.
No community exists without hair salons, barber shops, spas and wellness centers.
The supply of skilled professionals in the industry continues to fall short of the demand.*
Salon owners have jobs waiting, but are not able to find properly trained employees.*
The average salary, NOT including tips in the U.S. is about $30,000 to $48,000 per year.*

“*The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) 2007 Job Demand Survey.


Why a Career in Beauty and Wellness?

You have a wide range of career opportunities! So many options!

  • Full Service Cosmetologist
  • Professional Stylist
  • School Educator
  • Independent Industry Educator
  • Business Manager or Owner
  • Color Specialist
  • Make Up Artist
  • Platform Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Spa Specialist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Image and Beauty Consultant
  • Wedding Specialist
  • Product Distributor
  • Skin Care & Hair Removal Specialist
  • Photo Set or Movie Set Stylist

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How does beauty and wellness compare to other careers?

A career with a solid foundation and lifelong job security!

  • Beauty and wellness provides significant strengths compared to other fields including creativity, flexible scheduling, working with others and entrepreneurship.**
  • Beauty & Wellness is a 56 billion dollar a year industry.*
  • There are over 550,000 salons and spas in the U.S.*
  • 53% of salons and spas have job openings.*
  • Approximately 3 out of 4 salon owners reported difficulty in finding qualified applicants.*
  • Demand for cosmetology services is estimated to expand at least at the same rate as the growth of the population.**
  • Continued growth in the number of full-service salons, spas and nail salons will also generate numerous job openings for professional stylists, manicurists, pedicurists, and skin care specialists.**
  • Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists:  Employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to decline 1 percent from 2019 to 2029.  Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation through retirement or transferring to other occupations.  Number of jobs in 2019, 722,600: projected employment for 2029-713,300.**
  • Skin Care Specialists:  Employment of skin care specialists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.  The desire among women and a growing number of men to reduce the effects of aging will result in rapid employment growth.  Good job opportunities are expected.  Number of jobs in 2019, 78,600; projected employment for 2029-91,600.**
  • Manicurists and Pedicurists: Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.  New nail services being offered, such as minis sessions and mobile manicure and pedicures, will drive employment growth.  High turnover and a growing number of nail salons will result in very good job opportunities.  Number of jobs in 2019, 155,300; projected employment for 2029-185,200.**
  • Massage Therapists:  Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.  Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new opening for massage therapists.  Number of jobs in 2019, 166,700; projected employment, 2029 – 201,100.**
  • The beauty & wellness workforce will grow by 14 percent from 2019-2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.**

*The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) – 2007 Job Demand Survey.

**U.S. Dept of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook 2019-2029 Edition

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Testimonials

Hair has always been a great passion of mine, and when I knew cosmetology was the career I wanted to pursue, I looked long and hard for a loyal school. I found the perfect one, International Academy! So, I packed up my bags from Chicago and moved down to Florida. I learned great skills in coloring and cutting and had lots of feed back from all of the great, knowledgeable teachers. I have now been doing hair for 5 years and am having great success!

Cheryl H.

. . . After many years as a practicing lawyer and not yet ready to retire, I decided to re-visit the skincare business. Being an active octogenarian I enrolled at the International Academy, a private school, graduated, and obtained my state license as an esthetician. IA is a fabulous school, providing interesting classes, patient teachers, and an overall pleasant [experience]. I have been actively working in a salon in Florida and loving every minute of it. Who says you can’t learn a new skill and start a new career at 80!

Tanya

I have owned my spa and salon for 13 years in Florida. I was introduced to International Academy one year ago. During that time I have hired four graduates of the Academy. In my 18 years of experience in the beauty industry, I have found that the graduates of the International Academy demonstrate a superior knowledge of technical skills and a solid foundation of professionalism. I am proud to say that the International Academy has set a higher standard of learning for the beauty industry. Whenever I have an open position in my spa, I call the administrators at the International Academy for a referral of recent graduates. Of the interviews I’ve conducted with International’s graduates, I’ve hired every one of them. They have proven to be some of the best in the industry.

Debra K.

After graduating from Intl Academy I went out into the real world of with such confidence and was ready for anything had to offer me. I started with Hair Cuttery and in 6 months became the manager. Several years later I opened my own salon with another Intl Academy grad and have successfully been in business over 4 years thanks to my fabulous education, love and support from Mez and the entire staff at Intl Academy!

Tara L.

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