Skin Care Specialist Job Description

Skin care specialists provide treatments to the body and face to enhance the appearance of an individuals' skin.

Treatments that skin care specialists provide include facials, head and neck massages, masks, scrubs, and full-body treatments.

Many clients have chronic problems with their skin that they hope a skin care specialist can solve. If the problem is serious, then the client needs to be referred to a dermatologist for medical assistance. If the problems aren't serious, skin care specialists recommend products such as creams, cleansers, and lotions that can help improve the appearance and health of the skin.

Skin care specialists may also teach their clients how to apply makeup in a way that hides blemishes or other spots that they're not happy with.

Because they work directly with clients all day long, customer service skills are very important for skin care specialists. It's always easier to maintain existing client relationships than it is to make new ones, so putting in the effort to treat clients well can help establish a great client base.

Work Environment and Schedule

Most skin care specialists work in health and beauty spas, salons, and medical offices. They may have to stand for the entirety of their shift, which can be physically demanding for some people.

This can be a stressful occupation at times, especially when dealing with demanding, rude, or upset customers. Maintaining a professional demeanor at all times is important, but it can be emotionally exhausting to do so.

Skin care specialists normally work full time, but there are plenty of part time opportunities available as well. Because most clients need to fit in their treatments around their working schedule, nights and weekends are often the busiest times at a spa or salon. As a result, skin care specialists often need to work on nights and weekends.

How to Become a Skin Care Specialist

To become a skin care specialist, you will need to attend a cosmetology program that's been approved by your state. In some cases, high schools offer training in cosmetology, but it's pretty rare. Most people get their training by attending a vocational school after high school.

After you complete your cosmetology program, you will need to earn a license to practice in your state. The license requirements vary from state to state, but most include passing both a written and practical exam. To learn the exact requirements for your state, contact your state board.

Once you have become licensed and find a job, most employers provide on the job training that will expand on the things you learned in your cosmetology program.

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Employment Outlook

There are currently 47,600 skin care specialists in the United States, with 2,040 new skin care specialist job openings created each year.

Skin Care Specialist jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Skin Care Specialist Salaries

Salaries by State

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Overall Salaries

Skin Care Specialist salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most skin care specialists make between $20,800 - $39,800 per year, or $10.01 - $19.15 per hour.

Salary and statistical data provided by the BLS.