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Become An Esthetician

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Working As An Esthetician

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $34,242

    Average Salary

What Does An Esthetician Do

An Esthetician provides skin treatments that help men and women improve and maintain their personal appearance. They analyze the skin type of their clients in order to figure out an appropriate plan of action.

How To Become An Esthetician

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required for some positions. In addition, every state requires that barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists complete a program in a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school. Programs in hairstyling, skin care, and other personal appearance services are available in postsecondary vocational schools.

Full-time programs in barbering and cosmetology usually last at least 9 months and may lead to an associate’s degree. Most of these workers take advanced courses in hairstyling or in other personal appearance services to keep up with the latest trends. Those who want to open their own business also may take courses in sales and marketing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must obtain a license in order to work. Qualifications for a license vary by state, but generally, a person must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Reached a minimum age of 16
  • Received a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Graduated from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school

After graduating from a state-approved training program, students take a state licensing exam that includes a written test and, in some cases, a practical test of styling skills or an oral exam.

In many states, cosmetology training may be credited toward a barbering license and vice versa, and a few states combine the two licenses. A fee usually is required to apply for a license, and periodic renewals may be necessary.

Some states have reciprocity agreements that allow licensed barbers and cosmetologists to get a license in another state without needing additional formal training or state board testing, but such agreements are not common. Consequently, people who want to work in a particular state should review the laws of that state before entering a training program.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must keep up with the latest trends and be ready to try new hairstyles for their clients.

Customer-service skills. Workers must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.

Listening skills. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists should be good listeners. They must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.

Physical stamina. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must be able to stand on their feet for long periods.

Tidiness. Workers must keep a neat personal appearance and keep their work area clean and sanitary. This requirement is necessary for the health and safety of their clients and for making clients comfortable enough so that they will want to return. 

Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services. For example, routine haircuts do not require the precise timing of some other services, such as applying neutralizer after a permanent wave. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.

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Esthetician Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Chinese

  • Polish

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Greek

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • Icelandic

  • Tagalog

  • Romanian

  • Hmong

  • Hindi

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Real Esthetician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Aesthetician American Paolina Inc. New York, NY Feb 24, 2010 $41,740
Lead Aesthetician Lourival LLC Tuckahoe, NY Nov 19, 2015 $36,920
Paramedical Esthetician Ocean Cosmetic Medicine Santa Monica, CA Jan 03, 2014 $36,126
Esthetician Gloria Human Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 02, 2016 $32,178
Esthetician Mancini de Paris Salon Day Spa Arlington, VA Jan 15, 2009 $31,639
Paramedical Aesthetician Ocean Cosmetic Medicine Santa Monica, CA Apr 29, 2012 $31,305
Esthetician I Love Sugar LLC New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $28,175
Esthetician Urszula & Co. Brookfield, WI Jan 24, 2008 $27,444
Esthetician Farrahs Hair Studio Marietta, GA Sep 04, 2008 $27,173
Paramedical Esthetician Ocean Cosmetic Medicine Santa Monica, CA Jul 01, 2010 $26,380 -
Esthetician Marsha Ziegler LLC Virginia Beach, VA Jan 30, 2016 $26,088 -

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Top Skills for An Esthetician


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Top Esthetician Skills

  1. Product Sales
  2. Chemical Peels
  3. Skin Care Products
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Skin typing specialist and Home Care product sales representative.
  • Added aesthetic services in 2011: Facials, chemical peels, body waxing, eyelash extensions, lash and brow tinting.
  • Answered phone calls, book appointments, and go through certification courses for skin care products.
  • Established protocols and trained staff on the range of spa services offered.
  • Increased client base by 300% over eight months by providing outstanding and individualized customer service.

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