Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require.Education
Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program. Currently, there are hundreds of programs nationwide.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
State licensing requirements vary. However, applicants need to be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. After completing a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program, manicurists and pedicurists must take a written exam and a practical exam to get a license through their state board. Mobile manicure and pedicure services require a separate license.
The National–Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology provides information on state examinations for licensing, with sample 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.Important Qualities
Business skills. Manicurists and pedicurist who run their own nail 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.
Creativity. The ability to neatly finish small, intricate designs is important, as is the ability to suggest nail designs and match them to individual tastes.
Customer-service skills. Good listening and interpersonal skills are important in working with clients. Also, meeting the needs of clients, including interacting with them while doing a manicure or pedicure, encourages repeat business.
Dexterity. A steady hand is essential in achieving a creative and precise nail design. In addition, because manicurists and pedicurists often use sharp tools, they must have good finger dexterity.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Nail Technician||Nail & Spa-O Logan Square, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jun 10, 2015||$31,595|
|Nail Technician||HBL, Inc. DBA Spa O||Chicago, IL||Jun 04, 2015||$28,392|
|Nail Technician||Pink Nail & Spa Chicago Inc.||Chicago, IL||Oct 15, 2014||$28,392|
|Nail Technician||HBL, Inc. DBA Spa O||Chicago, IL||Jun 24, 2016||$27,643|
|Nail Technician||Nail Fairy, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Nov 19, 2015||$27,414|
|Nail Technician||BRC USA, Inc.||Wheeling, IL||Nov 01, 2010||$26,915|
|Nail Technician||Susan's Nails Plus||Shrewsbury, NJ||Oct 22, 2015||$25,189|
|Nail Technician; Manicurists; Pedicurists||Beauty Nails 2||Detroit, MI||Aug 31, 2010||$24,522|
|Nail Technician||Dream Sky LLC||Arlington, VA||Nov 17, 2015||$24,253|
|Nail Technician||VIP Nails & Spa Inc.||Lake Zurich, IL||Apr 26, 2016||$23,878|
|Nail Technician||Spa Sunny Days, Inc.||Mundelein, IL||May 13, 2016||$23,878|
|Nail Technician||Nail Fairy, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Nov 22, 2016||$23,504|
|Nail Technician||HBL, Inc. DBA Spa O||Chicago, IL||Jan 12, 2016||$23,504|
|Nail Technician||Biotonic||Miami Beach, FL||Jan 09, 2008||$23,479|
|Nail Technician||H2O Nail and Spa, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Dec 21, 2016||$21,819|
|Nail Technician||J Nails & Beauty Spa, Inc.||Arlington Heights, IL||Sep 28, 2016||$21,819|
|Nail Technician||A Place for You||Brookfield, CT||Apr 09, 2010||$21,726|
|Nail Technician||Nails By Olivia, Inc.||Marina del Rey, CA||Aug 04, 2015||$21,382|
|Nail Technician||Twinkle Toe Chicago Corporation||Chicago, IL||Feb 28, 2008||$21,300|
|Nail Technician||Elegant Nail Salon, Inc.||New York, NY||May 26, 2010||$21,267|
|Nail Technician||Rachel's Tlc Nails||Sparta, NJ||Jul 06, 2015||$21,237|
|Nail Technician||Pinky Nail, Incorporated||Chicago, IL||May 13, 2010||$20,000 -
|Nail Technician||New 4U Nail Inc.||Oyster Bay, NY||Jul 27, 2016||$19,989|
|Nail Technician||Blooming Nail IV Inc.||North Wales, PA||Jun 09, 2016||$19,594|
|Nail Technician||Bedford Nails & Spa Inc.||Bedford, MA||Nov 15, 2016||$19,365|
|Nail Technician||Blooming Nail & Foot Spa Inc.||White Plains, NY||Jul 29, 2016||$19,115|
|Nail Technician||Atlas Studio Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||Oct 14, 2015||$18,970|
|Nail Technician||Polaris Nail & Spa Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 23, 2015||$18,949|
|Nail Technician||Moonlight Nails & Spa||Lemont, IL||Jan 01, 1970||$18,783|
|Nail Technician||Creative Nail Inc.||East Hampton, CT||May 02, 2016||$18,595|
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