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 -  Barbering (CER)

Salon Management – Nail Care (STC)

Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Salon Management program offers the following options: Cosmetology, 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, Color Technician, Make-Up Artist, Esthetician, 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:


  • Median annual earnings for salaried barbers, including tips, is $24,044.
  • The middle 50 percent earn between $18,574 and $30,555.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $40,580


  • Median annual earnings for salaried cosmetologists, is $23,150.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $42,452.


  • Median annual earnings, is $28,724

Nail Technicians:

  • Median annual earnings, is $19,650 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 – Esthetics






Salon Management – Barbering






Salon Management – Barbering






Salon Management – Nail Care

Career Skills Certificate






Advisory Committee

Darryl Matkins
Owner, Salon Nalos Beauty Salon

Tyrone Bell
Financial Consultant, PriAmerica

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

Jennifer Bachus
Manager, Smart Styles

Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the state licensure exam.  For more information about the Salon Management Program call 256.551.3129 or 256-551-1702