Becoming an Aesthetician
Aestheticians care for the largest, and some might say most important, organ in the human body--the skin. Aestheticians traditionally work in spas or salons, providing facials, acne treatments, hair removals, and more. However, to find employment as an aesthetician, you typically need to complete training at a cosmetology or aesthetician school.
The basic minimum educational requirement for employment in the personal care industry is typically a GED or high school diploma. However, for the best employment opportunities, advanced training is usually warranted. In turn, full-time cosmetology or aesthetician school can be completed in approximately 9 months. With your associate's degree or certificate in hand, you can prepare for a state license exam which will allow you to practice as an aesthetician. Today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all 50 states typically require aestheticians to hold a license.
Coursework may include instruction in the latest skincare techniques, safety and hygiene, make-up application, and more. You should also be prepared to keep your skills up to date through ongoing courses in the latest skincare treatments and product lines. And, of course, you should be well-groomed and have a neat appearance as well, if you hope to maintain a steady clientele.
The Beauty of Aesthetician Careers
Aspiring aestheticians should encounter a growing job market after completing training at an aesthetician school. While job growth should continue, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes there should be competition for employment--highlighting the importance of earning a certificate or degree from an accredited institution.
In 2008, skin care specialists earned a median salary of $28,730, which translates to $13.81 per hour.