“Aesthetics” is actually a term used to describe a philosophical approach to appreciating things of beauty, reverence and artistry. It’s quite fitting, then, that the practice of skin beautification in the health and wellness industry is also referred to as esthetics- sometimes even going by its original spelling, “aesthetics.”
Estheticians are skincare specialists responsible for performing a variety of facial and body treatments designed to increase, improve, or maintain the health and appearance of the skin.
Estheticians do not diagnose or treat medical conditions or diseases of the skin; instead, their work is focused solely on skincare as it relates to general health and beauty. However, their training allows them to detect skin problems that may require medical attention, so it often falls to them to refer clients to dermatologists and other medical professionals.
Medical Estheticians work in a medical environment under Doctor’s supervision. and focus on numerous advanced skincare treatments, such as Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, galvanic, ultrasound, and high-frequency procedures, and Laser services. What makes medical esthetics unique is that it is performed on patients in a clinical setting alongside medical professionals who may recommend non-invasive skincare procedures for medical purposes, or for strictly cosmetic reasons.
Whether working to promote healing of affected skin, or just helping a patient enjoy a renewed level of confidence after an appearance-changing injury or procedure, medical estheticians make a positive difference in the lives of the patients they work with.
Estheticians who combine knowledge of their field, with skills, and business acumen, further their careers by taking on management positions and opening their own spas and medispas.
Currently, I do not practice medicine. However, when you have a medical degree and are a Medical Doctor you have recognition of your education, regardless of whether you are a licensed doctor or not. I’m a honorary Member of Chicago Dermatology Society and Dermatology Grand rounds attendee.
Skincare specialists usually work in salons, health and beauty spas, or medical offices. Most work full time. Many work evenings and weekends, especially self-employed workers operating their own salon. According to the US Labor Bureau, “skincare specialists held about 47,600 jobs in 2010, of which 47% worked in the personal care services industry. About 37% were self-employed”.
Possibly because their job involves making others feel and look better, Estheticians report high levels of job satisfaction!
Esthetics teachers teach students the practices of skin care, waxing, tweezing, body treatments and makeup application. Work environment is pleasant and includes private schools, community colleges, continuing education centers, and work with State boards.
The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports earnings similar to those provided by the ASCP, showing an average annual salary for estheticians of $32,990 as of May 2013, with the top 25 percent of these beauty professionals earning an average of $39,160 and the top 10 percent earning $56,930 on average. Many estheticians throughout the country, particularly those with well-established private practices that cater to a wealthy clientele, report earning well above $100,000 annually.
Of course, these reported earnings do not include the gratuity that estheticians receive from clients after each session. Tips can add an additional 10% – 25% to an esthetician’s take home pay.
The employment of skin care professionals is expected to grow 40% between 2012 and 2022, according to the US Bureau of Labor. This growth is much faster than average, with over 17,000 additional positions expected to be available.
An esthetician has a lot of opportunities. First of all, they can move to other States and apply for State Licensing there. Secondly, the esthetician can get a job she is passionate about. Some of the choices include:
- Spa or salon owner
- Self-employed Esthetician
Practitioner in Medical Practices:
- Dermatologist’s Office
- Plastic Surgeon’s Office
- Physician’s Office
- Medical Office
- Brand Manager
- TV, Stage, Movies
- Bridal/Special Occasion
- Product Line
- School Administrator
- State Licensing Examiner