Manicurist jobs are readily available for qualified nail technicians. In today's fast-paced world, many beauty-conscious individuals don't have the time or patience to do their own perfect French manicure, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't like to be pampered now and then! Our current economic climate has also boosted the need for experienced nail technicians, as many choose a day at the spa over the usual two weeks in Disney or Denver.
Speaking of French manicures, the definition for "cosmetology" is borrowed from its French roots and refers to the cosmetic treatment of skin, hair, and nails. So, if you enjoy helping others love the skin, hair, and nails they're in, consider a career in cosmetology. Even if you're most interested in manicurist jobs, a broad training in cosmetology gives you the freedom to explore a number of exciting opportunities; you don't have to pick just one.
The Many Shades of Manicurist Jobs
Cosmetologists can work in any of the following arenas: serving as a color stylist, hair stylist, nail technician/manicurist, salon manager, salon consultant, retail specialist, esthetician, industry journalist, makeup artist, platform artist, spa director, and many more. If you're hunting for manicurist jobs, they are typically found in beauty salons, spas, resorts, nail salons, and drug/cosmetic stores. Sometimes nail technicians are wanted in nursing homes or other residential care communities; never underestimate how a good manicure can make people of all ages feel beautiful!
According to the NACCAS 2007 Job Demand Survey, nearly 75 percent of salons with vacant positions could not find qualified applicants to fill them. This bodes well for aspiring manicurists. To be that qualified applicant you must be licensed; all states mandate a license to practice cosmetology (manicurists and nail techs, that includes you). License-seekers must be at least 16 years old, possess a high school diploma (or GED), and have graduated from an accredited cosmetology school (programs typically take nine months or less to complete). Exams are usually in written form, but some may also include an oral exam or a hands-on test.
According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetologists make about $7.47/per hour on the low end and $20.41/per hour on the high end (annual wages fall between $15,530 and $42,460; salaries for manicurists and pedicurists are comparable). The BLS also indicates that employment of nail technicians will increase by 28 percent between 2006 and 2016, a higher than the average rate of increase for all occupations.
Manicurist jobs are there for the taking. Don't wait for your nails to dry; take the next step toward licensure today.