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Working As An Esthetician

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $34,242

    Average Salary

What Does An Esthetician Do

Skincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance.

Duties

Skincare specialists typically do the following:

  • Evaluate clients’ skin condition and appearance
  • Discuss available treatments and determine which products will improve clients’ skin quality
  • Remove unwanted hair, using wax, laser, or other approved treatments
  • Clean the skin before applying makeup
  • Recommend skin care products, such as cleansers, lotions, or creams 
  • Teach and advise clients on how to apply makeup, and how to take care of their skin
  • Refer clients to another skincare specialist, such as a dermatologist, for serious skin problems
  • Disinfect equipment and clean work areas

Skincare specialists give facials, full-body treatments, and head and neck massages to improve the health and appearance of the skin. Some may provide other skin care treatments, such as peels, masks, and scrubs, to remove dead or dry skin.

In addition to working with clients, skincare specialists create daily skincare routines based on skin analysis and help clients understand which skincare products will work best for them. A growing number of specialists actively sell skincare products, such as cleansers, lotions, and creams.

Those who operate their own salons have managerial duties that include hiring, firing, and supervising workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.

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How To Become An Esthetician

Skincare specialists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or esthetician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require.

Education

Skincare specialists usually take a state-approved cosmetology or esthetician program. Although some high schools offer vocational training, most people receive their training from a postsecondary vocational school. The Associated Skin Care Professionals, the largest organization devoted to these workers, offers a State Regulation Guide, which includes the number of prerequisite hours required to complete a cosmetology program.

Training

Newly hired specialists sometimes receive on-the-job training, especially if their jobs require working with chemicals. Those who are employed in a medical environment also may receive on-the-job training, often working alongside an experienced skincare specialist.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing an approved cosmetology or esthetician program, skincare specialists take a written and practical exam to get a state license. Licensing requirements vary by state, so those interested should contact their state board.

The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology provides contact information on state examinations for licensing, with sample exam questions. The Professional Beauty Association and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools also provide information on state examinations, as well as offering other professional links.

Many states offer continuing education seminars and programs designed to keep skincare specialists current on new techniques and products. Post-licensing training is also available through manufacturers, associations, and at trade shows.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Skincare specialists who run their own salon must understand general business principles. For example, they should be skilled at administrative tasks, such as accounting and personnel management, and be able to manage a salon efficiently and profitably.

Customer-service skills. Skincare specialists should be friendly and courteous to their clients. Repeat business is important, particularly for self-employed workers.

Initiative. Self-employed skincare specialists generate their own business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients.

Physical stamina. Skincare specialists must be able to spend most of their day standing and massaging clients’ faces and bodies.

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 increases the likelihood that clients will return. 

Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services.

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Esthetician Demographics

Gender

Female

92.3%

Male

6.2%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

78.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.0%

French

11.4%

Swedish

10.2%

Vietnamese

4.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Polish

4.0%

Russian

3.4%

Portuguese

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Mandarin

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Greek

1.1%

German

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Icelandic

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%
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Esthetician Education

Schools

Aveda Institute

16.3%

Empire Beauty School

8.7%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

The Academy

5.7%

Miller-Motte College-Wilmington

4.7%

Florida College of Natural Health

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Bellus Academy

4.3%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.3%

College of DuPage

4.0%

Federico Beauty Institute

4.0%

Douglas J Aveda Institute

4.0%

International School of Skin and Nailcare

4.0%

College of International Esthetics

4.0%

Palomar Institute of Cosmetology

3.3%

Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness

3.3%

Santa Barbara City College

3.3%

Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics

3.3%

Cerritos College

3.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

16.6%

Cosmetology

14.3%

Nursing

9.4%

Psychology

6.0%

Medical Assisting Services

5.8%

Education

4.5%

Communication

4.4%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

General Studies

3.9%

Chemical Engineering

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Somatic Bodywork

3.5%

Nursing Assistants

3.4%

Marketing

3.1%

Management

2.9%

Medical Technician

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Clinical Psychology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

45.8%

Bachelors

20.9%

Associate

14.7%

Certificate

8.2%

License

4.5%

Masters

3.5%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.1%
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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
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 -
$15
Esthetician Marsha Ziegler LLC Virginia Beach, VA Jan 30, 2016 $26,088 -
$27,131
Esthetician I Love Sugar LLC New York, NY Jan 12, 2016 $25,607

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Top Skills for An Esthetician

ProductSalesChemicalPeelsSkinCareProductsSpaServicesCustomerServiceBodyTreatmentsLaserHairRemovalBrowLashExtensionsFullBodyLightTherapySalonMake-UpApplicationRetailSalesLaserTreatmentsSkinAnalysisAcneFacialTreatmentsSkinTypeBodyWraps

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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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