Beauty, Cosmetology & Massage
Nail Technician

If you're interested in helping people feel and look their best, enjoy working with people from all walks of life, and love to clean, cut, paint and primp your and other people's nails, a Nail Technician degree or certification may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Nail Technician students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or certification course related to cosmetology before entering the workforce. In this field, it's important to find a school that prepares you for the state-licensing exam, which Nail Technicians must complete before working in the industry. Most licensing and certification programs can be completed in six months, after which you take the state licensing exam before beginning your career. Associate degrees are also an option and can provide you with additional instruction in business, entrepreneurship, and salon management.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Nail Technician Degree Or Certification

Given the narrow scope of a Nail Technician degree or certification, most graduates go on to become professional Nail Technicians, Manicurists, or Pedicurists upon graduation.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Manicurists and Pedicurists was $25,770 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.