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Nail Technology

Professionals trained in the art of nail technology believe in helping their clients to put their best feet – and hands – forward, complete with beautifully-manicured nails.

Nail technicians – also known as manicurists and pedicurists – work exclusively on the hands and feet of clients. Services they perform include nail treatments, removal of nail polish and rough skin, cleaning, trimming and filing nails, massaging and moisturizing the hands and feet and promoting the use of specialty nail and skin care products.

Nail technology professionals are trained in the use of a variety of tools for their trade, such as nail clippers, nail files and cuticle tools. Proper sanitation procedures for equipment also are necessary to prevent the transfer of disease among clients.

With the exception of Connecticut, all states require nail technicians to complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program. Most states also require students to be at least 16 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent before being eligible to work as a nail technician. While it is not mandated, students are advised to choose a program that has been accredited by a reputable accrediting agency. Curriculum should include training in the proper use of all nail technology tools and techniques.

Licensing requirements also vary by state. To learn about individual licensing requirements, visit the Board of Cosmetology for each state. Information also is available through the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology, as well as the Professional Beauty Association and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

The median hourly wage for nail technicians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $9.24 as of May 2012. Demand for trained nail technicians is expected to increase by 16 percent over the next decade, which is higher than the average growth rate for other occupations.

To find a program in nail technology, please use the unique search tool on www.www.Collegefinder.us.com.

Articles & content by Shari Berg, Collegefinder.us.com.

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