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 33,680 skin care specialists employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
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.
Alternate Title(s) Estheticians, Skin Care Specialists
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, with the highest employment levels in New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, and California
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Theater/Dance
Experience On-the-job training
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Helpful
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Salon or Spa Owner
  • Salon Director
  • Cosmetician
  • Entry-Level Cosmetician

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