Salon/Spa Management

Salon/Spa Management

The Salon Management program offers the following courses of study:

Salon Management – Cosmetology (AAS)

Salon Management – Esthetics (CER)
Salon Management – Barbering (STC)
Salon Management – Nail Care (STC)

Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Salon Management program offers the following options: Cosmetology, Therapeutic Massage, Esthetics, Barbering, and Nail Care. The program combines classroom theory with “hands-on” practice in the laboratory. The program is designed to provide qualified individuals the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, aptitude, and skills in one or more of the options listed above.

The fundamental mission of the program is to provide excellence in career training. This mission dictates that the program shows a concern for a diverse population by respecting its client’s values, traditions, and aspirations. It seeks to satisfy the employment and educational needs of the business and industry community.

Upon completion of the salon management program and the attainment of a license, students can enroll in Cosmetology Instructor Training Courses. Students enrolling in these courses must be proficiently skilled for entry-level employment in the field, successfully pass the Alabama Board of Cosmetology licensure examination and capably train students to become professionals in the field including abiding by all rules and regulations governing safe services for themselves and their clients.

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Salon Management program can become employed as a Barber, Cosmetologist, Manicurist, Hairstylist, Color Technician, Make-Up Artist, Massage Therapist, Cosmetology Instructor, or Salon Owner depending on the program option selected. After gaining experience in a shop/salon environment, graduates could build enough clientele to one day open their own business. Other opportunities include teaching in a vocational educational setting or advancing to a sales representative.

Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. 

Skills Needed

In order to be successful, a graduate should have finger dexterity, sense of form and artistry, enjoy dealing with the public, be able to follow a client’s instructions, have above average business skills and be an effective sales person who can attract new clients.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings as reported by the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook for career options available to students completing the Salon Management program are as follows:

Barbers and Hairstylists:

Median annual earnings, including tips, are $ $22,500 per year.

Median hourly wages for occupational specialties within this field were as follows:

$11.45 for barbers

$10.94 for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

$8.78 for shampooers

Manicurists and Pedicurists:

Median annual earnings, including tips are $19,650 per year.

Massage Therapists:

Median annual earnings are $34,900 per year

Estimated Program Cost

Program Name                                      

Type of Program

Credit Hours

Est. Tuition and Fees

Est. Book Cost

Estimated Total Cost

Salon Management – Cosmetology Option

Associate Degree





Salon Management – Therapeutic Massage

Associate Degree





Salon Management – Esthetics






Salon Management – Barbering

Career Skills Certificate





Salon Management – Nail Care

Career Skills Certificate





Cosmetology Instructor Training

Career Skills Certificate






Advisory Committee

Tyrone Bell
Financial Consultant, PriAmerica

Devon Brown
Promotional Coordinator, Bronner Bros.

Teresa Frost
Manager, Sally Beauty Supply

Jeff McCarley
Owner, Synergy Salon

Mike Sales
Owner, Mike & Bill's Presidential Barber Shop

Shayla Clay
Salon Manager, Great Clips

Cameshia Johnson
Salon Manager, Master Cuts


Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the state licensure exam, depending on the program options selected.

For more information about the Salon Management Program,  call 256.551.3129.