|The Skin Care and Spa Industry is a rapidly expanding and exciting industry to be a part of. As the industry grows, the need for highly trained and specialized professionals is at an all-time high. Professional estheticians are needed in a wide range of businesses, from day spas and salons, to cruise ships and destination resorts.
Many modern medical settings are finding the skills and abilities of highly-trained professional estheticians to be extremely helpful, making the medical practices of dermatologists and plastic surgeons exciting arenas for a skin care specialist to put his or her talents and abilities to work.
What can I expect to earn as an Esthetician?
An esthetician’s wages will vary depending on several factors. These factors might include the area in which you work, whether or not you will be commission based or salaried, and your education and industry experience and client base.
As a newly licensed esthetician, you can expect to start at a lower wage, and gain higher wages as you gain more experience. By making the right education choice and attending a competitive esthetician program you can improve your chances for higher wages by securing employment with an elite salon, spa or medical practice.
As with any career, the longer you are employed by any one employer, the higher your wages will be. This is especially true for professional estheticians; generally our income is dependant on a loyal clientele.
2010 – 2011 Occupational Outlook (SOC Code 39-5094)
Job Skills and Responsibilities of a Professionally Licensed Esthetician:
- Skin Care Procedures:
- Perform a detailed skin evaluation, by use of magnifying lamps and specialized equipment to evaluate the skin’s condition and appearance.
- Provide facial massages.
- Apply chemical peels in order to reduce fine lines and age spots.
- Perform professional skin care facials and extractions.
- Demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly, and recommend skin-care regimens.
- Determine which skin care products will improve clients’ skin quality and appearance.
- Remove body and facial hair by applying wax.
- Training to use specialized products and perform techniques such as chemical peels and treatment masks.
- Education in the use various hair, cosmetic, or nail care instruments.
- Makeup Artistry:
- Advise clients about colors and types of makeup, and instruct them in makeup application techniques.
- Select and apply cosmetic products.
- Recommend and sell recommended cosmetics to clients.
- Tint eyelashes and eyebrows.
- Medical Procedures:
- Collaborate with plastic surgeons and dermatologists in order to provide patients with preoperative and postoperative skin care.
- Refer clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.
- Proper training in how to sterilize equipment, and clean work areas.
- Assistance in administration of medications or treatments.
- Business Skills and Responsibilities:
- Keep records of client needs and preferences, and the services provided.
- Develop effective and valuable customer service techniques.
- Conduct business transactions and collect payments from the client.
- Evaluate product inventory stock to ensure adequate supplies.
- Maintain appointment calendar and client contact records.
- Schedule appointments
- Order and purchase needed supplies, materials, or equipment.
- Sell merchandise carried in the salon, spa or clinic.
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Source: Occupational Information Network: Skin Care Specialists.