To understand why image consultants are in demand you need to realize that an image consultant is an umbrella term for a job that is the sum of many parts.
Many people associate it with personal styling and being that person who stands out in the crowd. That is only a small, although important part of creating an image.
As well as makeup, the cut of clothes, and hairstyles. It branches out to other fields such as the ones in the following list:
- Speaking (elocution).
- Health and Wellness
- Make up for photo shoots.
- Office layout (FengShui).
- Weddings or arrangements for other functions.
- Corporate uniforms for branding.
These and more are all part of an Image consultant’s challenges.
No one consultant is likely to be able to cover all bases, so networking plays a big part in an image consultant’s career.
The Reason Why Image Consultants are in Demand
Looking good is only the veneer of the work an image consultant does.
The main goal is to build confidence in the person whose image they are working with, to not only have them looking good but to unlock the voice within.
One person may need 3 specialists for an image makeover.
Wardrobe consultant, speech therapist, a personal trainer.
Think of political figures who undergo a makeover.
Or wanna-be politicians who want to project their best self 👼onto an unsuspecting public.
It is not only politicians though.
The image consultant has to work from the old adage that first impressions count.
I am sure you have heard it. “The first 10-20 seconds of meeting someone is when people form an opinion as to whether or not they like you.”
This can apply to anyone though, not only politicians.
The image consultant has to combine the visual, the communication, the body language, and etiquette into one complete package.
They are really working from the ground up, starting with observation and evaluation of their potential client.
Then create an action plan and budget, which will no doubt include networking with others in other specialized areas.
So, how much money can an image consultant make?
Salary Ranges for Professional Image Consultants
From my research, the salaries of professional image consultants in the United States as of 5th September 2022 is $58,230 per annum.
While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $206,500 and as low as $19,500, the majority of Image Consultant salaries currently range between $26,000 (25th percentile) to $59,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $148,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for an Image Consultant varies greatly (by as much as $33,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.Zip Recruiter
So, not too shabby an income, and the future looks good as well.
However, there are those who make $30,000 a month!.
Obviously, they had to work at it, but as they say, if you’re doing what you love then you are not really working.
Of course, none of this can happen without some knowledge.
While some may have a flair for makeovers and attire selection, there is a lot more to this than meets the eye.
What Qualifications Should an Image Consult Have
There are no set education requirements to become an image consultant.
There are training programs available either online or in classroom-type settings.
Many people come to this profession from a diverse range of fields.
From Hairdressers to people with degrees in business, behavioral sciences, or counseling, and everything in between.
Probably the most important attribute is a passion for helping others with their image and understanding their needs and ambitions.
How to Become Qualified as an Image Consultant
Becoming qualified is no walk in the park, nor is it like climbing Everest.
You need to have knowledge of:-
- Wardrobe consultations. Clothes their value, and the messages they send
- How to evaluate a client. The questions you need to ask.
- Create an action plan and budget
- Networking and working with strategic partners.
- The skills you need to succeed.
- So much more.
Some colleges that offer certificate courses tend to specialize in one or two areas of expertise.
One college that gives an overall grounding in its certificate course is the IAP Image Consultant Course.
It can be done completely online at times suitable to you.
It also has an Advanced course on offer, should you want to progress your knowledge further and perhaps start your own business.
The benefit of the IAP course is that IAP is a well-respected and recognized institution, known for delivering quality courses at reasonable prices.
These have benefited many people throughout the world for more than 20 years.
There are other courses available, but sometimes the promises don’t always live up to the expectations.
All the best.