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Manicurists and Pedicurists

Manicurists and Pedicurists
Quick Facts : Manicurists and Pedicurists*
2010 Median Pay$19,650
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201281,700
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change13,600

Manicurists and pedicurists work exclusively on the hands and feet, providing treatments to groom fingernails and toenails. A typical treatment involves soaking the clients? hands or feet to soften the skin to remove dead skin-cells. They also apply lotion or oil to hands and feet to moisturize the skin.

What Manicurists and Pedicurists Do

  • Discuss nail treatments and services available
  • Remove nail polish and rough skin
  • Clean, trim, and file nails
  • Promote and sell nail care products
  • Clean and disinfect their work area and tools

Work Environment

Manicurists and pedicurists work in a spa or nail salon. Those who own a mobile grooming company travel to meet with their clients. Many work evenings and weekends. About 37 percent are self-employed, many running their own nail salon business.
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Job Outlook

Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020 as it reflects demand for new nail services being offered.
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The average hourly wage of manicurists and pedicurists in May 2010 was $9.45.
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Becoming a Manicurists and Pedicurists

Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology program. Currently, there are 474 programs nationwide as well as training offered at some high schools.
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