If making people look good and feel confident about themselves is a passion for you, then why not consider pursuing a career in the personal appearance industry? An Esthetician is a licensed professional that works with clients on an overall total skin care approach. As an esthetician you will be working in different beauty settings such as spas, salons, and even dermatologist offices, performing facials, hair removal, and make up application.
In order to become a licensed Cosmetology Esthetician you need to get the required training. The training is not difficult: all you need is dedication, enthusiasm and a passion for your work. As an esthetician, you will receive training about skin and body care, hair removal and make-up fundamentals.
The duration of the training program depends on the program and school you choose. You can choose either a certificate, diploma or an associate degree program and the length can vary from six months to two years. You can also control the pace: attending all classes and practicing what you’ve learnt at home can definitely shorten the length of the program. Make sure that the school you choose is accredited by the state you want to work in and that it prepares you for all necessary exams you need to take after the completion of the program.
Most states require a written and practical test before licensing you; choosing a school that has an on-campus beauty salon open to the public will help you pass the practical portion of the test. Since the requirements vary from state to state, and sometimes from year to year, you need to contact your state's cosmetology board in order to get information about the latest requirements.
Your license needs to be renewed every two years. Your Continuing Education (CE) requirement will also vary depending on the state you want to practice in, but is usually about 6 hours every two years. Most states require retesting after you complete your CE.
The curriculum you study should focus on professionalism, sterilization essentials, human anatomy, nutrition, body parts and skin anatomy. Plus, you will also want to become skilled in more than one technique since the more you can do, more places will want to hire you. Specialize in several fields such as basic facials, eyelash, eyebrow dying, body waxing and reflexology, make up application, and skin therapy.
Your salary will depend on the type of services offered where you work, your work experience, geographic location, employer, clientele income and many other factors. There is a lot of flexibility in this career as you can find employment in a variety of beauty settings, or even start up your own business with some basic business training.
To most people, an esthetician is like any other beautician but in reality, the field of esthetics is versatile and wide ranging. In order to become a successful esthetician you need to stay informed about the latest trends in beauty technology and also the latest developments in the industry.
Although the profession of esthetics is non-medical in nature, estheticians hold an important position not only in the health and beauty industries, but also with their clients: with the right training and knowledge necessary to make people feel great about how they look, you can become a treasured part of their lives.