What does an Esthetician do?

An esthetician is responsible for helping clients keep up their appearance through many different methods. They are responsible for skin treatments, hair removal, and the care of clients. A few of the main duties of an esthetician are conducting consultations for services, tracking a client's skin progress, training new staff, and suggesting skincare products to clients. They also have to try and retain as many clients as possible. Some of the jobs titles that an esthetician could grow into are spa owner and spa manager.

High School Diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that an esthetician will have is the ability to connect with clients. Another skill is communication as the esthetician will need to be able to tell the clients about their various services.

  • Apply skincare product to client
  • Explain services to clients
  • Train new employees
  • Have consultations with clients on best treatment options
  • Recommend skincare products to clients
  • Recommend a daily routine to clients
  • Pitch clients on upgraded services
  • Remove hair on client designated areas
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients
  • Ability to develop a plan of action for clients care
  • Ability to make a client feel comfortable
  • Deep knowledge of skincare techniques
  • State esthetician's license required
  • Motivated to work evenings and weekends
  • Sales skills to sell products to clients
  • Ability to manage your time well
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Esthetician make?

$57,294 /yr
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Esthetician Career Path

Learn how to become an Esthetician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Esthetician Insights

Read what Esthetician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Omni HotelsOmni Hotels
May 25, 2021

“If you don't want to work for yourself and make decent money Mokara spa is great.”

Nov 2, 2021

“I strongly recommend you keep your resume up to date for when a better opportunity comes along.”

Ella Bliss Beauty BarElla Bliss Beauty Bar
Jun 24, 2020

“As someone starting out in this industry its great to get a feel for your career and gain a lot of experience and practice.”

Grace Threading
SPA Manager/Licensed Esthetician
May 21, 2021

“Starting off as my first spa job it was good pay and I got a raise within 3 months of being there.”

SkinRX Clinical Spa
Medical Esthetician
Apr 27, 2021

“Everyone was friends and it was fun among co”

Massage EnvyMassage Envy
Jul 18, 2021

“week notice to be courteous and considerate to my employer but I am not getting reciprocal treatment.”

Burke WilliamsBurke Williams
Apr 9, 2021

“intensive (good pay) or not much business (little pay).”

Licensed Esthetician
Jan 12, 2022

“The best part about working here for me is the flexibility I get with scheduling.”

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