How to Get a Job as an Esthetician
Some high schools offer vocational training in cosmetology. But many skin care specialists enroll in a state-approved cosmetology or aesthetician program where they’ll learn the best practices for providing services from waxing to facials. Every state has different requirements for the necessary hours of schooling, and the Associated Skin Care Professionals offers a Skin Care State Regulation Guide you can use to find the required hours for your state. After completing a program, hopeful skin care specialists must take a written and practical exam to obtain a license. When on the job hunt, look to professional organizations, like the Professional Beauty Association, that often post job openings on websites.
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What is the Job Like?
If you like working with people one-on-one and helping others look and feel good, this just might be the line of work for you. You’ll spend time analyzing skin conditions and figuring out the best treatments and products for each client. Expect to be on your feet a lot, since the job involves standing and moving around while assisting clients.
Working in a salon or spa is a great way to learn the ins and outs of the industry for those who hope to own their own business one day. For skin care specialists who operate their own salon, the tasks go beyond enhancing clients’ appearance. You should expect to hire, supervise and, of course, fire workers if things go south. Keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies and coordinating advertising are also crucial to running a skin care business.
Last updated by Harriet Edleson.