Esthetics is about beautifying the skin through a variety of services such as facials, skin analysis, makeup artistry, removal of hair by exfoliation, and facial treatments. This career also takes on a psudo medical feel as Estheticians specialize in skin and are trained to recognize skin problems that may require medical attention. As an esthetician your career opportunities are vast. While many choose to work in a day spa or salon type location, you also have the chance to work as a self-employed esthetician or further your training and become a medical esthetician.
Esthetics falls under cosmetology, students interested in becoming estheticians can enroll in a cosmetology program to complete esthetics training. If attending a cosmetology program full time, the program can usually be completed in as little as 9 months. Enrollee's who train in an esthetician specific school may take as little as 6 months to complete this program. Once the program has been completed students may then take a state-licensing test to begin their career as a professional esthetician.
Opportunities for estheticians are expected to grow significantly from 2012-2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of skin care specialists employed in the field is projected to increase by 40%. As of 2012, the median yearly pay for skin care specialists was $28,640.