I’m a recent esthetics graduate and I get so many questions from girls interested in the program. What is it? What can you do with your license? What kind of jobs does it include? How much money can you make? I’m answering some of the most common questions you may have when searching for information on a career in Esthetics.
If you’re reading this then congrats on taking the first step towards a career as an Aesthetician. Before I had decided to go to school I had researched for maybe 6 months to make sure it was the right fit for me.
I mean if I’m paying to go to school for it I really want it to be something that I’m going to love doing for the rest of my life. Beauty and skincare that is. I’m so happy in the decision that I’ve made. It’s such a fun career to be involved in. So here is everything that I’ve learned from experience.
What is Esthetics
Esthetics is a branch of anatomical science that deals with the overall health and well-being of the skin. An esthetician, also known as aesthetician, specializes in preserving, beautifying, and cleansing the health of skin on the entire body, including the face and neck.
Estheticians provide preventive care and maintenance for the skin and offer treatments to keep the skin healthy and attractive. They may also manufacture, sell, or apply cosmetics. They are trained to detect skin problems that may need medical attention.
Esthetics Technology & Schools
Being that I was moving to Charlotte I knew that I wanted to go to school while I was out here. Finding the perfect school is a tedious job when you have to consider the price, time frame you’ll be in school and the school itself.
Lets not forget a school that is accredited by the state. Which means you have to take a state board practical and written exam to obtain a license by the state to work on skin. Unfortunately not all schools are accredited, so it’s up to you to do your research.
Tuition & Time
Esthetics School Tuition: $5,000-$20,000 depending on the school.
Time: 300 and 1500 hours depending on the state requirements and can take anywhere from 4 to 12 months to complete.
To find the best schools in your area you can visit: Beauty Schools Directory
Keep in mind that this directory does not include some community colleges that may have an Esthetics Technology Program.
This is literally the most asked question I have gotten. “What the heck can I do with this license besides facials and waxing?!” The beauty industry is constantly evolving. This means more beauty products, tools and treatments are being created every year.
This also means that your career evolves with the industry. Whenever there’s a new trend in treatments esthetician are the ones to do them. You are not limited to doing just one thing. The beauty industry is so big and diverse that anyone can find what it is that they love and create a career out of it. This list includes career opportunities but is not limited to what you can do.
- Salon or Spa Esthetician
- Medical Aesthetician
- Makeup Artist, Permanent Makeup
- Spa/ Salon/ Beauty Bar Owner
- Manufacturers Representative
- Salesperson or Sales Manager
- Cosmetic Buyer
- Esthetics Writer, Beauty Blogger and Editor
- Travel Esthetician
- Cruise Ship Esthetician (Visit this website. You’ll thank me later The Onboard Spa)
- Product Developer
- Beauty Product Creator
- State Board Member
- State License Inspector or Examiner
- Resort Esthetician
- Beauty/ Skin Expert
- Beauty Ambassador/ Influencer
What is a Medical Esthetician?
Having your license can allow you to work in medspas, plastic surgeon’s office and dermatologist office. Unless an esthetician is a licensed dermatologist, physician, or physician’s assistant, they cannot prescribe medication, make a diagnosis, or give medical treatments. You do not need an extra license or extra school hours to become a medical esthetician, but a class that certifies you in the devices you will be using in the medical office will be helpful. It will make you more marketable and help in landing a job as a medical esthetician.
Medical Esthetics Treatments
(Under Physician’s License- include but not limited to):
- Micro needling
- Laser hair removal, tattoo removal and other laser treatments
(Under Esthetics license-include but not limited to) some may require extra training:
- Makeup Application
- Microblading (this may change)
- High Frequency
- Radio Frequency, Intense pulse lighting or photo facial, Infrared, LED
- Facials (i.e oxygen facials, hydra facials)
- Chemical Peels
- Brow and Lash Tinting
- Eyelash Extensions
- Waxing and tweezing
- Spray Tanning
- Gua sha
- Lipo Cavitation
- Ultrasound/ Ultrasonic
What an Esthetician CAN’T do
- Injections and fillers ( unless you’re a RN)
- Any Surgery work
- Use needles ( unless you’re a RN)
- Full body massaging
Cosmetology or Esthetician
A cosmetology license allows you to work on hair, skin and nails. But working as an esthetician under a cosmetology license varies from state to state as well as the job you are applying for. Please check with your state requirements when choosing between cosmetology or esthetics.
Money, Money, Money!
I think the real question everyone wants to know is, how much money can you make as an Esthetician?
On average a Skincare Specialist makes $19,000 to $52,000 a year as of 2016 according to EstheticianSalaryData. There is a lot to consider with these numbers including your work setting, what state, what position you hold, your clientele, and experience.
Wow that was a lot of information! I sure hope this helps you in figuring out if this is the best career for you. Please feel free to comment below if I left anything out or if you just have any questions. Also share with anyone you think may be interested in a career in Esthetics.