USA Career Guide- Skincare Specialists

Education & Training needed to be Skincare Specialists

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.

Newly hired specialists sometimes receive on-the-job training, especially when working with chemicals. Those who are employed in a medical environment may also receive on-the-job training, often working alongside an experienced skincare specialist. 


Skincare specialists take a written and practical exam to get a state license. Licensing requirements vary by state, so those interested should contact their state board. Many states offer continuing education seminars and programs designed to keep skincare specialists current on new techniques and products.

After completing the program, they must pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require.

Pay of  Skincare Specialists

The median hourly wage of skincare specialists was $13.90 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent of skincare specialists earned less than $8.22, and the top 10 percent earned more than $24.47.

 Median Annual Wages of Skincare Specialists employment industry  wise (May 2010)
Offices of physicians    $18.45
Other amusement and recreation industries      $17.37
Personal care services      $12.98
Health and personal care stores     $ 11.89
Traveler accommodation      $11.80

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition,

Job Prospects of  Skincare Specialists

Employment of skincare specialists is expected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The desire to look good and to overcoming the signs of aging through better grooming would result in employment growth, including skin treatments for relaxation and well-being.
 The increase in employment reflects demand for new services being offered, such as mini sessions (quick facials at a lower cost) and mobile facials (making house calls). Job opportunities should be good due to the growing number of beauty salons and spas. Those with experience are expected to have the best job prospects. 

Industrial Overview of  Skincare Specialists

Skincare specialists held about 47,600 jobs in 2010, of which 47 percent worked in the personal care services industry as reported by BLS. About 37 percent were self-employed.
Skincare specialists usually work in salons, health and beauty spas or, less frequently, in medical offices.

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