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Aesthetician.

AESTHETICIANS (OR ESTHETI- CIANS) SPECIALIZE IN THE STUDY of skin care, including facial treatments, body wraps, salt glows, waxing as a form of hair removal, and cosmetic make-up services. They evaluate clients' skin and advise them on treatments and products to improve it. According to the Aesthetics International Association, aestheticians who work with dermatologists are able to offer additional services, including laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing and many types of chemical peels. Those who own their own salons have business and management duties, and since they often sell skincare products, they may have sales and marketing responsibilities as well.

The Workplace

Aestheticians may work in hair and beauty salons, in health or beauty spas, or in the offices of medical professionals such as dermatologists. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 37 percent are self-employed.

Educational Requirements

Aestheticians must complete a state-approved cosmetology program. Some high schools have cosmetology programs; however, most skin care specialists study at two-year career and technical schools or community colleges. After completing the program, they must pass a written and practical state exam for licensure, which all states (except Connecticut) require, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Earnings

According to the BLS, the median hourly wage of skincare specialists was $13.90 in May 2010, with the top 10 percent earning more than $24.47 per hour.

Job Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment of aestheticians is expected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to the increasing number of beauty salons and spas, and because of the demand for new services to be offered. In addition, a growing number of both men and women are seeking relaxation and better health, along with ways to reduce the effects of aging.

Explore More

To learn more about the career of aesthetician and the education and training it requires, here are some places to turn.

Aesthetics International Association www.aestheticsassociation.com

American Association of Cosmetology Schools http://beautyschools.org

Association of Cosmetology Salon Professionals www.mycosmetology.org

International Spa Association www.experienceispa.com

Pivot Point International www.pivot-point.com

Professional Beauty Association www.probeauty.org

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Author:Reese, Susan
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Date:Mar 1, 2014
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