Cosmetician Conducts Facial on Client

Cosmeticians specialize in skin care, providing an array of services from applying facial masks, peels, and herbal wraps, to massages, skin analysis, exfoliation, deep cleansing, product recommendations, and makeup application. In addition, cosmeticians provide hair removal services. Most cosmeticians work in beauty salons, day spas, and hotel resorts. Some work with dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons to prepare patients before surgery and during their recovery. There are approximately 40,190 skin care specialists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Estheticians, Skin Care Specialists
Duties Work with clients to improve their skin's condition and restore its functions; perform skin analysis; apply facials, body wraps, and packs; and use equipment and tools to provide services such as scalp treatments, hydrotherapy, hair removal, among others
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, with the highest employment levels in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Theater/Dance
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Salon or Spa Owner
  • Salon Director
  • Director of Estheticians
  • Experienced Cosmetician
  • Entry-Level Cosmetician