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An esthetician is a licensed skin care specialist that helps clients to look and feel their best. They assess skin conditions, demonstrate proper skin care, and advise clients about products and techniques for use at home. An esthetician will perform treatments such as applying make-up, peels, masks, waxing, eyebrow shaping, massages, manicures, and pedicures.

As an esthetician, you may work in beauty salons, barbershops, spas, or department stores. You have the option of working directly for a salon, leasing a space from a salon owner, or eventually owning your own salon. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost half of all salon service providers are self-employed. Many estheticians work flexible schedules, although working evenings and weekends is often required. Your initiative and ability to maintain regular clientele will help to determine your earning potential. Estheticians receive income from various sources. You may receive a salary, or commissions based on services provided. Additionally, estheticians normally receive tips from clients. To become an esthetician, you will usually attend training courses for about six months and then must pass an exam to obtain a license. Education requirements may vary by the state that issues the license.

Publish date: February 10, 2011