If you have an appreciation for beautiful, healthy skin and want to help others achieve that radiant glow, consider a career as an aesthetician. Beauty is more than skin deep, and training as an aesthetician will prepare you to teach your clients how a healthy lifestyle (i.e. proper nutrition, adequate sleep, stress management) and a fine skin care regiment will in turn promote healthy skin.
There are a number of career opportunities for aestheticians as people are increasingly interested in various types of facial procedures to achieve that ageless look.
You might also consider work as a medical aesthetician; this intriguing and growing field focuses on the specific needs of patients, most often in a hospital setting, whose skin has been impacted by a surgical procedure or some other trauma, like burn victims. Part of a medical aestheticians job is to offer relaxation and stress management techniques, if desired by the patient. For example, cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy may experience a great deal of anxiety and stress as a result of losing their hair, eyelashes, or eyebrows. Because radiation treatments may cause skin irritations, medical aestheticians work with patients to take the best possible care of their skin, stressing the importance of cleansing and moisturizing. They will also teach patients, if interested, to choose the best makeup colors and products to enhance their natural beauty.
To ensure that the old adage beauty is skin deep rings true, aestheticians administer facials, give head and neck massages, and apply full-body treatments. Another key part of an aestheticians job responsibilities include working with clients to create a customized skin care plan, complete with dietary recommendations, to achieve the desired results.
The Aestheticians Workplace
The Aestheticians Workplace
While aestheticians typically find employment in salons, spas, or perhaps at the skin care counters in department stores, you are likely to find the aforementioned medical aestheticians (also known as paramedical aestheticians) at work in the offices of licensed healthcare providers (such as plastic surgeons and dermatologists). The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, as of May 2008, about 26,300 people held skin care specialist positions (either medical or personal appearance aestheticians) and earned an average hourly wage of $15.40 (including tips and commission) and an average annual wage of $32,040. A robustly projected 34 percent growth in employment for aestheticians/skin care specialists is due in large part to the increase of facial procedures available for improving ones complexion, both in spas and in medical settings.
In addition to the increasing popularity of these procedures, perhaps specifically among aging baby boomers seeking that youthful glow, many aesthetician jobs will open up as current skin care specialists retire, move into other types of employment, or leave the workforce entirely. Those who become licensed to offer a wide range of skin care services will fare well and are likely to find more opportunities in this growing field.