Esthetics, the application of cosmetology to skin care, requires a great deal of hands-on training and observation to master. For this reason, esthetician training programs are not offered fully online. Those interested in esthetics can enroll in on-campus certificate programs, which are commonly offered at community and technical colleges. Graduates are typically prepared for state licensure or certification as estheticians.
Although esthetician programs cannot be completed online, some online introductory courses may be offered by some schools.
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Esthetics courses are very hands-on, requiring participation and interactivity of students. Many schools have separate laboratory (or practicum) classes dedicated to helping students meet the experience requirements for their state licensing exams. The curricula of certificate programs in esthetics varies by school; some class topics that may be covered in these programs include:
- Facial anatomy
- Machine-assisted facial treatment
- Color theory
- Application of makeup
- Esthetics chemistry
- Salon management
Licensed estheticians may find work as makeup artists, cosmetic salespersons and employees of salons and plastic surgeons. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of skin care specialists, including estheticians, was expected to increase 12% from 2014-2024, which is faster than average.
Estheticians require a significant amount of practical training, and as such complete programs are not typically offered online. However, some basic courses in the field can be found online from some schools.