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Within the field of cosmetology are several sub-specialties which require specific training in order to pursue them. Among one of the most popular is electrology – the gold standard in the beauty industry for hair removal.

Electrology is the practice of using electrical epilation to permanently remove hair from the face and body. The actual process of removing unwanted hair by this method is called electrolysis. Electrolysis provides similar results to laser hair removal and is the only FDA-approved method for permanent hair removal at this time.

Education and certification requirements for becoming an electrolysis technician vary by state; however most states require electrolysis technicians to be licensed. Typical training programs for becoming an electrolysis technician provide up to 200 hours in the classroom, followed by a written exam and hands-on demonstration of skills in order to become licensed. It also is possible to take courses in electrolysis as part of an overall cosmetology degree program. Those programs generally take 18 to 24 months to complete and teach a broad spectrum of skills in the field of cosmetology.

Professionals who wish to focus their career solely on providing electrolysis services to clients may wish to consider becoming a Certified Professional Electrologist. In order to become a Certified Professional Electrologist, students must attend a program that has been accredited by the International Board of Electrologists or the American Electrology Association Board. A complete listing of accredited programs can be found on their respective websites.

In addition to the proper training and use of electrolysis tools, electrology technicians also should have good communication skills and have the patience required to perform the detailed work of electrology. The process of performing electrology is very slow, requiring the technician to go over every area of skin to make sure the process has been applied evenly and no hair has been missed during the procedure.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for an electrology technician was $32,030 as of May 2012 for professionals working full time in the field. Electrology technicians can work in spas and salons, physicians’ offices or at health and personal care stores. States with the highest levels of employment for electrology technicians are Texas, California, Florida, New York and Massachusetts.

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

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