Career Information

Experiencing a growth rate of 10 to 20 percent per year, an exciting Cosmetology industry can offer you a stable profession with salaries for full-time salon professionals in Illinois ranging from an attractive $30,000 to $50,000 per year.

And what a profession! Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, styling and coloring hair, beauty care and advice. Cosmetologists train to give manicures, pedicures, scalp and facial treatments, makeup analysis, and cleaning and styling services for wigs and hairpieces.

The Cosmetology program at College of DuPage provides professional-level skills in the field of personal beauty. Students gain knowledge and skills in a broad range of disciplines including aesthetics, business, chemical processes, hair design, nail technology, safety, salon operations and sanitation. Students are eligible to apply for a cosmetology license from the state of Illinois upon successful completion of the program.

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

Contact Information

Lisa Horvatin, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2078

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592



  • Leyla Kuchiyeva

    Leyla KuchiyevaCosmetology

    “I’m honestly 110 percent glad I signed up. I met great students and instructors, and I cannot explain how much fun I had. My favorite part of the course was having beauty competitions with prizes for the winners. A little friendly advice to anyone considering COD is to always stay on top of your game! Take control of your own life and don’t leave what can be done today for tomorrow. It's a great school, fill out your FAFSA on time although the prices for classes are awesome.”

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  • Bobby Berry

    Bobby BerryCosmetology

    “The Cosmetology program is amazing. COD is one of the best community colleges in the nation, and every year the program gets better and better. I gained the confidence to accomplish what I have so far, and I know other students can do the same. College of DuPage gave me all of the real-world skills I needed. It prepared me in every way to be successful behind the chair, and I also learned great life skills.””

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  • April Frazier

    April FrazierCosmetology

    "Cosmetology is more than just doing hair. Cosmetologists are the only professionals outside of doctors licensed to treat your hair, scalp, skin and nails. The world needs cosmetologists."

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