August 24, 2013

Career in Esthetics: What You Need to Know

If you are someone who enjoys helping other people look their best, a career in esthetics may be for you. This career is growing in popularity and demand. The United States Department of Labor’s Board of Labor Statistics expects careers in esthetics to grow by nearly 38 percent in the next ten years. This is much faster than average and can be attributed to the increase in demand for skin care experts.

Career in Esthetics: What Does an Esthetician Do?

Cosmetologists who specialize in skin care are called estheticians. Depending on their training and the state they work in, estheticians can perform the following services:

  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Makeup applications
  • General skin care tips and routines
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Laser hair removal
  • Chemical eels

Estheticians are not trained to provide medical care, but can detect problems that may need the attention of a physician. An esthetician should maintain their own skin and appearance. They should also be willing to listen and continue to grow, learn, and change with their field.

Education Requirements

Aspiring estheticians must go through cosmetology school, such as Avalon School of Cosmetology. We provide state of the art training in cosmetology and esthetics. Our instructors have the most experience in the business and can prepare you for a successful career. We provide hands-on training and skills, as well as business skills. Some estheticians also complete apprenticeships. Estheticians must be licensed in their state and keep up with required continuing education.

Esthetician Jobs

Salons and day spas commonly hire estheticians. Some experienced estheticians also work in dermatologists or plastic surgery offices as a medical esthetician. Others work on cruise ships, and some can specialize in the application of permanent make-up. Estheticians can also work as independent contractors, however, to be a success they must build their own clientele. Full and part time employment is available in most fields of esthetics. In order to accommodate their client’s schedules, many work evening and weekend hours.

Work Environment

Estheticians generally work in relaxing, quiet, and tranquil environments. Medical estheticians work in sterile environments. Most of the time estheticians need to wear protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection, and gowns, depending on the chemicals they are working with. They are also required to stand for long periods of time due to the nature of their jobs.

If these job descriptions and work hours sound favorable to you, you may make a good esthetician. The first step is to find a good cosmetology school, such as Avalon School of Cosmetology. A career in esthetics is waiting for you.

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