Esthetician

Esthetician

Career Overview

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

Education

Skincare specialists typically complete 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 organization offers a State Regulation Guide, which includes the number of prerequisite hours required to complete a cosmetology program.

Future Outlook

Employment of skincare specialists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Work Environment

Skincare specialists usually work in salons and beauty and health spas, and some are self-employed. Although most work full time, many work evenings and weekends.

Recommended High School Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Communication

  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Apply cleansing or conditioning agents to client hair, scalp, or skin.
  • Assess skin or hair conditions.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
  • Administer therapeutic massages.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Sell products or services.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes.

Schools

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Bellus Academy- Poway Cam...
Bold Beauty Academy
Brown Aveda Institute- Me...
Brown Aveda Institute- St...
Capitol School Of Hairsty...
Capri College- Cedar Rapi...
Capri College- Davenport...
Capri College- Dubuque Ca...
Capri College- Waterloo C...
Clary Sage College
Clover Park Technical Col...
Cortiva Institute- Baltim...
Daytona College
Emily Griffith Technical...
Euphoria Institute Of Bea...
Francis Tuttle Technology...
Gateway Community College...
Gateway Community College...
Greenville Technical Coll...
Institute Of Business & M...
Miller-motte College- Ral...
Miller-motte College- Wil...
Miller-motte Technical Co...
Oliver Finley Academy Of...
Pj's College Of Cosmetolo...
Red Rocks Community Colle...
Spokane Community College
Wake Technical Community...
Xenon Academy- Grand Isla...
Xenon Academy- Omaha Camp...
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Academy Canada- Corner...
Anderson College Of He...
Anderson College Of He...
Anderson College Of He...
Anderson College Of He...
Anderson College Of He...
Canadian Institute Of...
Cape Breton Business C...
Cdi College- North Yor...
Coast Mountain College...
Coast Mountain College...
Coast Mountain College...
Durham College- Oshawa...
Fleming College- Suthe...
Humber College- North...
Lakeland College- Lloy...
Lasalle College- Montr...
Niagara College- Niaga...
Northern Lights Colleg...
Northern Lights Colleg...
Nova Scotia Community...
Saskatchewan Polytechn...
Seneca College- Newnha...
St. Clair College
St. Claire College- Ch...
St. Claire College- Wi...
Trillium College- King...
Trillium College- Osha...
Trillium College- St....
Trillium College- Sudb...
Vancouver Island Univer...

Potential Scholarships

5 Strong Scholarship
Agnes M. Lindsay Scholars...

Approx Salary Expectation

Currency:
Low End:
$19,700.00 /yr
Avg/Med:
$32,780.00 /yr
High End:
$60,140.00 /yr

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
Trend Analysis - Explorer the Market, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/trend-analysis.
O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, https://www.onetonline.org/.