Industry Expected to Grow by 12% According to US Dept. of Labor Despite Down Economy

The beauty industry continues to thrive despite economic woes according to US Dept. of Labor statistics that predict it will grow nationwide by 12 percent, even exceeding the average growth rate for all other occupations by almost 20 percent. To help San Diegans take advantage of the incredible career opportunities, the Bellus Academy (Poway, CA), JE Boutique (El Cajon, CA) and Bay Vista (Chula Vista, CA) beauty schools have partnered with premier Southern California salons and spas for the $1 Million 'We Love Our Jobs' scholarship pledge. Participating salons/spas have the opportunity to sponsor $100,000 each in scholarships to give to guests interested in pursuing a career in beauty and wellness.

'Job loss and pay cuts have forced many San Diegans to consider a new career. Beauty should be at the top of their list because we not only affect how clients feel about themselves when they look in the mirror, statistics prove it can be extremely lucrative,' said Lynelle Lynch, President of Bellus Academy. 'In California there is a high demand for skilled cosmetologists - almost 70 percent of salon and spa operators say they are unable to find qualified applicants to hire. This means jobs are immediately available upon graduation with the right skills and advanced training.'

According to the US Dept. of Labor:

- Salon professionals can average up to a $50,000 annual salary including tips.

- Estheticians can expect almost a 38 percent increase in job openings.

About 'We Love Our Jobs'

Visit a participating salon or spa to speak with a professional about the benefits of a career in beauty or visit for details. A selection committee comprised of Bellus Academy management and salon/spa professionals that refer prospective students will review all eligible applications. The scholarships will be applied towards tuition and education expenses owed to the school. The scholarship will be credited to the student’s account at the school. Applicants must apply by March 30, 2010.

Career Benefits: Flexible schedule, unlimited income, infinite creative potential, diverse career options (stylist, colorist, body therapist, nail tech, esthetician, makeup artist, massage therapist, etc.), salon/spa ownership, product line development, platform artist, work on movie/TV sets and with celebrities, etc.

Participating Salons & Spas:

- The Doves (Santa Monica)                - Spa Gregories (Del Mar, Newport, Rancho Margarita)

- Salon Radius (Del Mar)                        - Haim (Del Mar Plaza, Grand Del Mar Resort)

- Hotel Del (Coronado)                          - The Loft (Escondido)

- Se Spa (Downtown)                             - Studio 158 (Escondido)

- Hard Rock Hotel (Downtown)          - Carlton for Hair (S.D., Del Mar, Escondido)

- Loews Coronado (Coronado)           - DK Hair (Hillcrest)

- Paradise Point (Mission Bay)            - Headlines for Hair (Encinitas)


About Bellus Academy, The Academy of Beauty & Spa

Bellus Academy received the 2008 “School of the Year Award” by national cosmetology publisher, MODERN SALON Media for pioneering five-star standards in beauty education. Also coined the “Harvard of Beauty Schools” by San Diego Magazine, the Academy’s mission is to revolutionize the beauty school experience and generate renewed passion for the craft by offering a lifetime of inspirational, advanced education opportunities in all beauty and spa disciplines. The curriculum offers the most comprehensive professional training in all aspects of the beauty industry including hair design and sculpting, make-up artistry, esthetics, master medical esthetics, holistic health, massage, spa manicuring, and the most sophisticated business and marketing program designed to help develop business acumen. The Academy is located at 13266 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064.  For more information visit


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