Career Advice on How to Become A Skin Care Specialist

General Career Information

Skin care specialists also like to be referred to as estheticians in hopes of convincing you that they are highly trained professionals that can remove an ovary through your nose. However, they are not.  What a skin care specialist does is apply all sorts of vanity procedures, such as facials, waxing and perhaps the occasional massage.  Yes, that is what an esthetician does.  If trying to rub fifty-four years of smoke wrinkles out of the face of recent retiree sounds like your idea of a fun career, then you might want to add skin care specialist to your career planning or job search.  Just image all the fun you can have massaging out all those knots!

Career Facts:

Skin care specialists perform a variety of activities in salons, ranging from giving facials and waxing various regions of the body to applying makeup and performing laser treatments.  That’s right, skin care professionals do in fact get turned loose with lasers.  Don’t you feel better already? 

Skin care specialist may also be called upon to perform other duties at a salon, such as stand around during off hours and make catty comments behind other employee’s backs.  This could include making references to how fat a certain cow is or how much like a female dog another employee acts whenever in a group.  Beyond this, skin care specialists may also be expected to “push” salon products as if their lives depended upon.


Career Opportunities and Job Outlook- Above Average:

The expected rate of job growth for the career of skin care specialists should be above average between 2008 and 2018.  This will be due in part to the large amount of Baby Boomers that are expected to retire.  The millions of retiring Baby Boomers will no doubt hope that skin care specialist can somehow massage decades of neglect out of their faces so they can go on dates with other recently divorced Baby Boomers that are also lying about their age.  This influx of Baby Boomers and Baby Boomer dollars will no doubt fuel the entire beauty industry in the decades to come.
Job Outlook is Good

A Day in The Life:

A considerable part of a skin care specialist’s day is spent explaining what an esthetician is to their clients and how it’s actually a pretty impressive thing to be.  This information session is usually followed by waxing hair, often from unsightly places.  Later this fun is followed by a facial, where they try to ignore the massive nose hair that is pointed directly at them.  Beauty, as the saying goes, is not pretty.

Average Salary:

The average skin care specialist can expect to earn about $11 per hour with the top ten percent earning about $20 per hour.

Career Training and Qualifications:

Normally skin care specialists are expected to be high-school graduates in addition to having state certification.
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