Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
The increase in employment reflects demand for new nail services being offered, such as mini sessions (quick manicures at a low cost) and mobile manicures and pedicures (house calls). The desire among young women and a growing number of men to lead a more healthful lifestyle through better grooming and wellness should also result in higher employment.
Considered a low-cost luxury service, manicures and pedicures will continue to be in demand by individuals at all income levels.
Job opportunities should be very good overall. The growing number of nail salons and the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations will result in many job openings.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition