Cosmetology industry proves recession proof

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite increasing unemployment rates, some workers are finding continuing success in their line of work.

Tobin Hyman moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry.

After nine years, however, the tough economy claimed his job in publishing.

"After piracy and changes started to happen and the recession I needed to figure out my future," he said.

Hyman turned to cosmetology. He is a student at Paul Mitchell the School in Antioch.

Paul Mitchell Beauty schools offers cosmetology, barbering, a skin academy and nail academy.

"I feel it is incredibly stable. I could potentially pack up move to Hawaii work at a spa and do hair. I could work in a cruise ship. I could move to Orlando and work at Walt Disney World or right here in Nashville. There is so much flexibility and different things you can do with it."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional and business services had job gains between January and February 2011. Service jobs consistently show job gains.

"It's an amazing industry," Paul Mitchell Learning Leader Niki Render said.

She continued, "In a bad economy people still always need their hair done even during the depression people still got their hair done."

The cosmetology program at the school takes less than a year. Graduates then take state board test to be licensed cosmetologist.

Other strong careers according to the BLS include education, health care, energy jobs, computer engineering and financial advisors.

Hyman is not sure what he will do after graduation, but he told Nashville's News 2 his cosmetology license is the right move for his future.

"Paul Mitchell launches us into something bigger and better in the world that's why I chose this," he said.

Hyman continued, "It is not about the money, it is about finding something I could wake up everyday and enjoy doing."

For more information about Paul Mitchell the School, visit their Web site.