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Esthetics/Skin Care

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Truth be told, one’s confidence level often goes hand in hand with their perception of their physical appearance. Countless psychological studies have linked self esteem and confidence with physical appearance. It’s the “look good, feel good” principle.

Skincare specialists known as estheticians help people to look – and feel – their best by taking proper care of their skin. They provide their clients with the ability to put their best face forward.

Estheticians are responsible for evaluating their clients’ skin condition and appearance and discussing treatment options. Estheticians also can advise clients on all facets of skin care: recommending skincare products, instructing them on the best way to apply make up to accentuate their natural features and perform skincare treatments such as waxing and facials.

Skincare professionals, including estheticians, held 44,400 jobs as of May 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those jobs, 51 percent were in the personal care services industry, which includes salons and spas. Another 27 percent of skin care professionals were self employed.

Education requirements for becoming an esthetician include the completion of a state-approved cosmetology or esthetician-specific training program. Skin care specialists who plan to be self-employed or operate a salon or spa may wish to take additional courses in business management.

Following the completion of a cosmetology or esthetician program, candidates are required in all 50 states to pass a written and practical exam in order to become licensed. Information about the licensing programs for each state can be found on the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology’s website. In order to maintain licensure, skin care professionals will be required to take continuing education courses.

Demand for trained skincare professionals is expected to surge by 40 percent over the next decade, due in part to the increased awareness among the general population about the benefits of maintaining healthy skin. The average hourly wage for skincare specialists as of May 2012 was $13.77, with the top 10 percent of wage earners making more than $24.95 per hour.

To find a program designed for training in esthetics or other skincare fields, please use the unique search tool on www.collegefinder.us.com.

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

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