The Inside Tip: Working as a Manicurist
Like jewelry, nails can be changed frequently to match an outfit or to suit a mood. If maintained by a manicurist, or nail technician, they reflect that a person is well-groomed and concerned about his or her image. Being a manicurist, or nail technician, can be a fun way to help people to relax and feel good about themselves. Manicurists care for hands and feet by cleaning and grooming them, massaging them, treating the skin, enhancing nail length, and applying polishes, gels, or acrylic coatings. Your work may also involve selling products, such as polishes or lotions, setting appointments, and cleaning equipment and work stations.
As a manicurist, you should understand the latest techniques, including polishing and gel or acrylic application. And, of course, you must be well-trained in the hygienic aspects of the business, to prevent causing a dangerous infection or injury. A formal education from a cosmetology or manicurist school can equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a manicurist and to become licensed, which is a requirement in all states. An education at a manicurist school may include courses in polishing, nail extensions, instruction in manicures and pedicures, and more.
The Future of Manicurist Careers
Fortunately, after your short period of schooling, you should find yourself in a career that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to continue to see employment growth. From salons to personal care organizations, department stores to hotels, manicurists and nail technicians can find employment across a variety of industries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manicurists earned a median annual wage of $19,670 in 2008, or $9.46 per hour. However, salaries can be supplemented with earnings from tips and potential commissions on sales, dramatically increasing the annual wages for manicurists.