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Skin Care Specialist - A Leading Career

Updated on March 4, 2013
Los Angeles Coiffure Guild member wears an electric face mask for a facial ~ 1939.
Los Angeles Coiffure Guild member wears an electric face mask for a facial ~ 1939. | Source

What Is a Skin Care Specialist?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Labor have an official description of skin care specialists. Despite a specific official definition, these professionals work in a variety of settings. These places include hospitals, clinics, and physician's offices; hotels and other accommodations; nursing homes and retirement centers; health and personal care stores; beauty salons; and some others, like day spas and retreat centers.

The Skin Care Specialist is a member of a group of professionals that include Barbers, Cosmetologists, and Other Personal Appearance Workers. This places the career among those of the beauty industry rather than among those of the medical and health industry.

These skin care specialists, or aestheticians, cleanse and beautify the skin of the human body by providing facials, full-body skin treatments, often with head and neck massages. They also apply makeup and often remove hair via waxing techniques. With additional training, they can perform laser hair removal treatments. In short, they are all-over skin specialists in the beauty industry.

From 2008 - 2018, this profession is expected to grow very quickly at a 38% growth over the decade. Median hourly wage for this profession is about $14.00, with highest wages paid in California. Among the Top 10 Fastest Growing Careers to 2020, as decided by the US Federal Government, Skin Care Specialist is in slot Number 8.

Education and Licensing

Skin care specialists need to begin with a high school diploma or GED certificate. From there, programs in skin care for personal appearance are offered in high schools, vocational schools, and postsecondary schools. Potential s=Skin care specialists can earn professional certification and a high school diploma simultaneously when the training program is offered in the high school they attend.

State licensing will be necessary after training. Qualifications vary by US State, but candidates nust usually be graduates of a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school.

Candidates for licensure complete state licensing examination written test and practical (physical) tests, sometimes including an oral exam. A separate license is given skin care specialists and their examination differs from the cosmetology exam. License renewal may be required regularly.

Job Market

Aestheticians provide 1,800 or ore US job openings, with the field increasing. These job vacancies are located largely in Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Texas; Sterling VA; Centennial CO; Collierville TN; and Minneapolis MN.

Major Hiring Companies

  1. Life Time Fitness
  2. Massage Envy
  3. American Laser Centers
  4. Beauty Career Network
  5. Nordstrom
  6. Pharmaca Integrative
  7. Natural Body Spa & Shoppe
  8. Destination Hotels & Resorts
  9. Ulta
  10. Omni Hotels
  11. L'Oreal International
  12. Dermalogica

Body Wrap | Source

Esthetician Training In Houston, Texas

The most estheticians are needed in Houston TX. A leading skin care professionals organization in Houston is ASCP or the Associated Skin Care Professionals. This organization can furnish the names of qualified schools for skin care across the state.

Champion Beauty College & Massage School

Toll-Free Telephone Number: 1- 800-784-9117

Champions advises potential students that for the skin care speciality, it is necessary to use a thorough understanding of skin, sciences, skin analysis. It requires mastery of related tools, a range of treatments, product chemistry basics, thorough knowledge of business concepts, and skills for handlking the demands of clients with long-term age management needs regarding appearance.

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations recommends a 600-hour program of training for basic skin care and a 600-hour program of advanced or Masters training.


    Includes study of Skin Diseases and Disorders; and Common Plastic Surgical Procedures


    Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
    Client Protection
    Salon Management
    Vitamins and Herbs


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      Molly 7 years ago

      As more money is spent on skin care and beauty, so the people who work in this industry gain more.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      It's good to know that many are making a successful profession as a skin care specialist. That's one of the beautiful things about going to cosmotology school, is you get a taste of those things which fall in line with doing hair such as is expressed in this hub. One may find that certain niche they wish to stick to by going to cosmetology school. Voted and rated.

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      genwriter 7 years ago from Singapore

      A very well written hub. Thanks for such good information. I love reading and writing hubs on skin care as well, please check my hubs as well.

      Please Follow/Rate/Comment :)

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      almasi 7 years ago

      A wonderful hub. Well written and well researched. Thanks.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A brilliant hub about a job which is very much in demand now. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Such good information! I will pass this on to friends and people in the entertainment industry. Most helpful and appreciated.

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      Earth Angel 7 years ago

      GREAT Hub Patty!!

      I have a number of friends in the industry and have printed copies of your Hub for when I see them later this week!

      It makes perfect sense that this field would be growing as the Baby Boomers see upon their faces/bodies more and more the signs of aging!

      As for me, I am all sunscreen and wide-brim hats and gloves! Most of all, good nutrition! And a GREAT aesthetician!

      Blessings on your day! Earth Angel!