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Career Paths as an Esthetician

Did you know that the skin is the LARGEST organ in the human body and just like the other organs, it needs special care? As an esthetician, this organ is your specialty. The term esthetics originates from a branch of philosophy concerned with the study of beauty in nature and art. In fact, an esthetician- by trade- is a master in all things skin care, makeup, and hair removal- by dealing with and improving, treating, maintaining, and beautifying the skin. As a specialist in all things skin, you are afforded countless opportunities to find your speciality and choose the correct career path for you.


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What does an esthetician do?

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As an esthetician, you will perform dozens of procedures on people who come with all kinds of skin care needs. Some, for instance, will seek out waxing, sugaring, and brow shaping, which are all forms of hair removal. Others will come to you in search of help with their complexion and you’ll be able to help by doing things like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials.

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How much do estheticians make?

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2018), skin care specialists like estheticians earned a median salary of $31,290 per year, or about $15.05 an hour.

As with most professions, however, salaries vary from state to state. The BLS also says that as of 2018, the average salary for skin care specialists is highest in the following states:

  • Colorado: $52,020
  • Hawaii: $51,930
  • Wyoming: $48,870
  • Massachusetts: $48,490
  • Minnesota: $47,470

Not surprisingly, the biggest and most populous states are home to the most estheticians:

  • California: 6,690
  • New York: 5,330
  • Texas: 4,570
  • Florida: 3,940
  • New Jersey: 2,280

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Job growth for estheticians:

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The BLS reports that as of 2018, 71,800 estheticians were performing their trade. By 2028, that number is expected to grow by 7,800 to reach nearly 80,000 active estheticians

 

  • That increase represents job growth of 11% across 10 years, which is more than double the total expected growth across all occupations.

Of course with all of the growth, the demand will continue to soar meaning a new need for more salons, spas, and health care facilities.

  • In addition, many more men are beginning to seek out esthetician services, which historically were within the near-exclusive realm of women.

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Career options for esthetician:

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Estheticians are fortunate enough to explore their field by being able to earn a living in all kinds of different settings. For instance, here are a few of the paths your career as an esthetician could take you:

  • Medical/Paramedical Esthetician:
    These specialists work with clients and patients in health care settings like dermatologists’ offices, hospitals, or plastic surgeons’ offices. According to the BLS, those who work in physicians’ and other health care practitioners’ offices tend to earn more than the average esthetician.
  • Clinical Esthetician:
    Like medical/paramedical estheticians, clinical estheticians advise and perform treatments on patients and clients in settings such as: outpatient facilities, nursing care facilities, and doctors’ offices.*Note that as a clinical or medical esthetician, you won’t be providing medical care or assisting with medical procedures in either role.*

    Both specialties rely on traditional esthetics techniques that you’ll learn in your training program, although some employers might require a special certification.

  • Master Esthetician:
    Master estheticians, who undergo standard esthetician education, which they then build on with advanced, specialized training to receive a more advanced license.
  • Medical Spa Manager:
    Medical spas are physician-led facilities that use traditional esthetics services which are associated with beauty salons and spas to complement medical treatments and therapies.
  • Wax/Hair Removal Specialist:
    Hair removal is one of the core skills of an esthetician. Just as esthetics is a specialty within the field of cosmetology, you can become an esthetician who specializes in hair removal.

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Where can you work with an esthetics license?

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The following are just a few of the most common environments for estheticians once your training is complete:

  • Salons
  • Spas and retreats
  • Physician’s offices
  • Surgical arts centers
  • Eyelash and eyebrow salons
  • Beauty Schools
  • Retail cosmetics counters and sales
  • Plastic surgery offices
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*Note that most of this information came directly from Beauty Schools Directory*