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The beauty industry is continuously growing in popularity. Careers in cosmetology are high in demand and are considered to be everlasting.

Pierce should open a cosmetology program on campus to help students within our community pursue their dreams in the beauty world.

Cosmetology is the study of beauty treatment that includes hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures/pedicures and hair removal.

According to an article called “Beauty Industry Analysis 2017 – Cost & Trends” on franchisehelp.com, the beauty industry has been known to be resistant during economic downturns, even during the 2008 economic crisis. It says that in 2015, the industry generated $56.2 billion in the US.

This article also states that there are nearly one million people employed in this field, and growth is expected to increase 10 percent by 2024 in jobs for barbers, hairdressers, cosmetologists, manicurists and pedicurists.

Social media has become a heavy influencer in the beauty industry. There are beauty gurus with millions of followers on Instagram and other social media platforms who inspire others to follow a profession in cosmetology.

The beauty industry has also crossed genders recently, to where both men and women use cosmetics. This is also a large factor to the rise in its popularity.

Students interested in cosmetology can also build a business in it if they desire to. There are a lot of beauty gurus who have become entrepreneurs using the skills and knowledge they have obtained.

According to an article on Forbes, there are at least 40 beauty startups today founded by women, making the $445 billion industry one of the most popular places for women to start their way to success.

Pierce already offers business courses for students, if a cosmetology program was available as well, students who wish to startup a business in beauty can learn all the skills needed here on campus.

People always want to look and feel their best. Cosmetology helps people do just that. Just like we will always need mechanics, plumbers and electricians, we need cosmetologists.

A cosmetology program is needed at Pierce. It is a non-perishable field with a vast amount of opportunities.