How to Become a Beautician

Written by

George D. Baker


August 14, 2014


How to Become a Beautician Beauty and appearance are a major component of American society. The demand for cosmetology services is constantly increasing as many people wish to improve and enhance their appearance. Beauticians are beauty specialists that offer many different services and treatments to clients.

What does a beautician do?

Beauticians are beauty care experts that specialize in providing beauty services. They analyze the needs and desires of clients and then recommend the most appropriate treatment. They offer many beauty therapy treatments such as treatments to the face, skin care, nails, hair, and body. Treatments include facials, massages, eyebrow threading, manicures/pedicures, and skin treatments. Some beauticians also offer more advanced treatments such as permanent make-up, electrolysis, and laser therapy. They also offer advice to their clients regarding health/fitness, skin care, make-up, hair care. They offer a variety of products for clients to purchase. Beauticians often suggest cosmetics and other products depending on the skin type and lifestyle factors of the client. Beauticians also often help clients with applying make up and styling hair for special occasions. They are usually trained in several areas, but most generally practice one specialty.

What kind of training does a beautician need?

Beauticians must have at least a high school diploma. They usually attend vocational cosmetology schools and training includes hands on experience in beautician specialties such as skincare techniques and hairdressing. Some beauticians complete apprenticeships after they complete their training. Apprenticeship positions often last 1 to 3 years. Beauticians must also stay up to date on the current trends, techniques, and products. They frequently attend seminars, training programs, and beauty shows.

All states require beauticians to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state by typically include at least a high school diploma and completing formal training at a state-licensed institution. Licensing examinations usually have a written and practical component that evaluates a beautician specialty.

What are the prospects for a career as a beautician?

Employment of beauticians is projected to grow as fast as average, increasing 10% through 2016 (1). The increased demand for beauty services will drive job growth.

Job prospects should be good, but there will be high competition at high paying salons. Beauticians that provide a wide range of services will have the best opportunities. Job openings will also stem from the need to replace beauticians who retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

Beautician Salary: How much do beauticians make?

Currently, beauticians with 1 to 4 years experience earned hourly wages between $7.65 and $12.08. Those with 10 to 19 years experience earned hourly wages between $9.69 and $13.32 (2).

A career as a beautician is a great choice for people interested in providing a wide range of beauty services to clients. Beauticians must have a clean attractive appearance and be up to date on the current fashion and design trends. They must be friendly and have excellent communication. Flexibility, confidence, dexterity, and physical stamina are also desirable characteristics.Those interested in beauty care may become estheticians or cosmetologists.

Becoming a Beautician Requires Skills & Training Start Today

Are you serious about becoming a Beautician? Then you need to get the required skills and training to do it! To start your new career, first you must decide what school you want to enroll in, so you need to gather info about potential schools. Use the  College Mouse Course Search tool  to find the right course and college for you, and get started towards your new dream job today! If you want more personalized assistance, call (888) 389-7996 TOLL FREE to speak with a college advisor, who will help you find the best college for you. After you sign up for your course, make sure you fill out and submit the FAFSA so you can take advantage of any financial aid currently available to you!

Written by:  George D. Baker

George D. Baker is a long-time contributor to College Mouse. Now retired, Mr. Baker volunteers at adult education programs in his local community.

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