Estheticians maintain and improve clients' skin tone and texture through skin exfoliation, facials, deep cleansing treatments, makeup application and other skin care regimens. Many beauty, career and technical schools offer on-campus training programs for estheticians; a handful of these schools may offer their programs in hybrid format, which includes on-campus hands-on training and a combination of campus-based and online theory courses. Programs typically result in a certificate. Required hours of study vary by state but range from 250-1,200 hours, with an average requirement of 600 hours. Access to distance learning tools and courses requires students to meet specified computer hardware, software and Internet standards.
|Online Availability||Hybrid programs are rare|
|Online Requirements||Specified hardware, software, and internet standards|
|In-Person Requirements||Hands-on practice with clients in salon or beauty clinic|
Though qualifications vary by state, most estheticians must complete a certificate or degree program and training hours to qualify for a mandatory state licensing exam. The exam consists of two parts: skin care theory and practical application. Upon successful completion of the exam, students become licensed estheticians.
Before actually working with clients, online students may take theory-based coursework in the following areas:
- Body systems
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of skin care specialists, including estheticians, is expected to grow 12% from 2014-2024, which is slightly faster than average (www.bls.gov). The BLS also reported that skin care specialists earned a median annual income of $30,090 as of May 2015.
Continuing Education Information
Many states require estheticians to complete annual continuing education hours to maintain licensing. A number of online training options allow licensed estheticians to satisfy continuing education requirements in specialized topics such as anatomy, physiology, massage techniques and spa management skills.