Aesthetics training programs are typically offered at stand-alone vocational schools, cosmetology schools or community colleges. One must complete between 600 and 1,500 hours of classroom and practical training before being eligible to take the licensing exam. Most state licensure exams include written and practical components.
Postsecondary aesthetics certificate and degree programs typically consist of training in skin care techniques, make-up application and the removal of unwanted facial and body hair. Classroom sessions are often supplemented with hands-on learning experience in a school's clinic; students may offer services to the public under the supervision of instructors.
|Education Requirements||State-approved training program|
|Other Requirements||State licensure|
|Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)*||40% for skin care specialists|
|Average Salary (2013)*||$32,990 for skin care specialists|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Aestheticians and skin care specialists often work in salons, medical offices, hotels and spas. Some of these professionals, like facialists, hair removal specialists and make-up artists, only offer particular services. Certification in this field may be available through third-party organizations that manufacture or sell skin care products. Earning voluntary certification may lead to additional job opportunities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for skin care specialists was $32,990 per year as of May 2013 (www.bls.gov). Salaries in this field can vary considerably depending on geographic location. For example, specialists in Oklahoma earned an average salary of $22,760 as of May 2013; specialists in New Hampshire earned an average wage of $42,300 per year.
Career prospects for skin care specialists were expected to grow by 40% from 2012-2022, reported the BLS, which was faster than the national average. Job growth may result from an increase in the number of people who use skin care products or receive professional treatments, as well as the availability of new services.