Careers in Electrology

Electrology is the science of permanent hair removal, which has gained popularity in recent years as more and more people recognize the value of hair removal in their overall appearance and self-esteem.

Working as an Electrologist

Hair-removal isn't just a science--it's an art. That's because without a gentle touch and attention to details, the repercussions can not only be painful, but the long-term visual impacts can be huge. That's why electrologists traditionally must complete a formal electrology school program to gain licensure, which is typically required of all cosmetologists in every state.

By attending electrology school you can learn how to safely and effectively use equipment to remove unwanted hair through electrolosis, which involves the careful use of a needle that transmits a pulse of electricity to deaden hair follicles. Following electrology school, you may work in a medical spa or day spa, and you might also perform a number of aesthetic, or skincare, treatments, such as facials, microdermabrasions, or waxes.

Career Growth for Electrologists

Advances in skincare and hair removal in recent years--particularly medical aesthetician treatments--have led to a growing electrology industry. Some of the top industries for aspiring electrologists include health practitioners' offices, spas and salons, hotels, as well as hospitals.While every spa and market is different, the median hourly salary for skincare specialists in 2008 was $13.81. Of course, electrology is a specialized field and may command a higher salary.