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Career Definition for an Aromatherapist
Aromatherapists use essential oils extracted from plants in blends that are inhaled or applied directly to the skin to take advantage of the body's sense of smell as a method of improving physical, mental or emotional afflictions like stress and insomnia. Aromatherapists may practice their craft as individual practitioners or use aromatherapy in conjunction with other methods of relief and healing as physicians, nurses, aestheticians or massage therapists. Aromatherapists can work in doctor's offices, hospitals, salons, spas or private practices.
|Education||Diplomas and certificates available through alternative health schools|
|License||State requirements vary, exam available through the Aromatherapy Registration Council|
|Job Skills||Interpersonal, communication, networking and business, intuition|
|Median Salary (2015)*||$56,010 for alternative therapists|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)*||24% for alternative therapists|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Aromatherapists can earn diplomas and certificates in aromatherapy, often through schools of alternative health and wellness. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy considers the standard for professional aromatherapy certification to be training in the basics of aromatherapy, plus additional education, an original research project, clinical work and an examination. Aromatherapists study anatomy and physiology, botany, the application of essential oils, chemistry and business. They also develop client assessment skills and learn about various treatments and evaluative methods.
While there is no formal certification, state licensing regulations may apply. A registration exam for aromatherapists is also offered through the Aromatherapy Registration Council.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated that successful aromatherapists had the following qualities:
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills when dealing with patients
- Intuition when delivering a diagnosis
- Good networking and business skills, since aromatherapists are often responsible for generating or retaining new clients
Employment and Salary Outlook
According to the BLS, unspecified therapists such as aromatherapists earned a median salary of $56,010 in 2015. Because federal laws do not require aromatherapists to be licensed, it is difficult to isolate numerical data on how many practitioners use aromatherapy in the U.S. The growth in popularity of alternative medicine, however, was steady, and subsequently, the BLS projects a much faster than average growth rate of 24% for these therapists for 2014-2024.