What Is a Spa Consultant?
Spa consultants work with spa owners to develop new spas, manage operations and increase profits. They might help spa owners choose equipment for a spa or design a menu of spa services, or they might guide current or prospective spa owners regarding retail sales, financial management or operational efficiency. Spa consultants might conduct feasibility studies and assist spa owners in developing their brand and concept. They also might work with architects and interior designers to layout and design the exterior and interior of a spa.
Spa consultants might provide a broad service or concentrate in a specific programming area - like equipment, therapies or staff training - or a specific industry, such as resort spas, medical spas or day spas. They usually own their own businesses or work for consulting companies as independent contractors. Spa consultants often are required to travel, sometimes for days or weeks at a time.
|Educational Requirements||No set requirements; a degree in business or entrepreneurship could prove beneficial|
|Job Skills||Knowledge of the spa industry, strong business skills, organizational abilities, problem-solving skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, persuasion skills|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$82,450 (for all management analysts)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)*||14% (for all management analysts)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
There's no set educational path to becoming a spa consultant, but having a strong business background should prove beneficial. Thus, prospective spa consultants might want to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in business (some programs offer an emphasis in consulting) or entrepreneurship. Several colleges and universities also offer certificate programs in spa management and/or undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hospitality management.
It's particularly important that prospective spa consultants learn how to make a business plan and how to market their businesses. Additionally, they need to stay up to date with the latest products and trends in the spa industry, as well as any industry-related laws and regulations.
Spa consultants need strong business skills, organizational abilities and problem-solving skills to be able to plan for a new business and help get it off the ground. They also need excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and interpersonal skills, since they'll be working not only with clients but also with vendors, architects and designers. Additionally, when presenting their plans to clients, spa consultants need persuasion skills to be able to close the deal. Experience working in the spa industry also might be beneficial.
Career Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't have career outlook statistics specific to spa consultants, but it did predict that management analysts, also known as management consultants, would experience 14% job growth between 2016 and 2026. This was a faster-than-average change in employment.
The BLS also reported that management analysts earned a median annual salary of $82,450 as of May 2017. However, it's important to note that, as with most consultant careers, there can be some financial instability with spa consulting since the amount of work available can ebb and flow, particularly for spa consultants who work on their own rather than as part of a consulting firm.
Other careers that require business and/or consulting skills include the following: