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Skincare Specialists

Skincare Specialists
Quick Facts : Skincare Specialists*
2010 Median Pay$28,920
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201247,600
Job Outlook25% (Faster than average)
Employment Change11,700

Skincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person?s appearance. They give facials, full-body treatments, and head and neck massages to improve the health and appearance of the skin. Some may provide other skincare treatments, such as peels, masks, or scrubs, to remove dead or dry skin.

What Skincare Specialists Do

  • Discuss available treatments and determine which products will improve clients' skin quality
  • Remove unwanted hair using wax or laser treatment
  • Clean the skin before applying makeup skincare products, such as cleansers, lotions, or creams 
  • Teach and advise clients on how to apply makeup and how to take care of their skin
  • Refer clients to other skincare specialists, such as a dermatologist, for serious skin problems

Work Environment

Skincare specialists usually work in salons, health and beauty spas, or medical offices. Most work full time. Many work evenings and weekends, especially self-employed workers operating their own salon.
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Job Outlook

Employment of skincare specialists is expected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, and job opportunities should be good due to the growing number of beauty salons and spas.
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In May 2010 the average hourly wage of skincare specialists was $13.90.
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Becoming a Skincare Specialists

Skincare specialists usually take a state-approved cosmetology program. Some high schools offer vocational training. Most people, however, receive their training from a postsecondary vocational school.
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