10 Career Possibilities With an Esthetician License

jobs_picJust because you have an esthetician license doesn’t mean that you have to give facials, perform extractions and massage clients in the treatment room all day. One of the most exciting things about working in the beauty and skin care industry is that there are a ton of career options. When you have your esthetician license, more career doors open up. While not all beauty and skin care industry career possibilities require an esthetician license, having a license certainly helps one to stand out among other job-seeking candidates who don’t have one. Being certified by the state as a licensed esthetician shows that you’re not only serious about the industry and your career, but that you have at least 600 hours of education behind you. Thinking about getting your esthetician license or have one and can’t think of what to do for a living? Here are 10 career possibilities for someone who has an esthetician license:

Medical Esthetician
Technically the term “Medical Esthetician” doesn’t really legally exist. Licensed estheticians can work in a medical setting, under the supervision of a physician, dermatologist or in a doctor’s office, performing a number of esthetic treatments on clients. These treatments can include, but aren’t limited to: applying camouflage makeup, patient education, pre and post op treatments, retail sales, cleansing and preparing clients for surgery and routine medical-grade facials that include extractions and microdermabrasion.

Makeup Artist
You don’t have to be a licensed esthetician to be a makeup artist, but it helps! Makeup artists can work for a specific brand at a retail location. There are also licensed estheticians that work as freelance makeup artists, doing makeup for weddings, special occasions, fashion shows, film, theatre and TV.

Brand Representative
Brand Reps demonstrate to their clients how to use the product lines they work for. Often, these professionals travel to their accounts, usually consisting of salons, drugstores and department store. Their goal is to show the employees of these accounts how to use and effectively sell their product to their clients.

Salesperson/Sales Manager/Retail
Nowadays, most makeup artists you see working at a department store counter or in a retail location like a mall are essentially salespeople. They can also be referred to as Beauty Advisors. Doing beautiful makeup on clients throughout the day is only a fraction of their job. Most of the time, people working in this type of environment are trying to meet their sales quota. How do they do that? By being extremely knowledgeable in the brand they work for, providing exceptional customer service, doing beautiful makeup and effectively sell product to clients. Salespeople can climb the retail food chain by moving into management. Having an esthetician license in this type of position shows that the candidate has a deeper understanding of the skin and how to treat conditions, which clients often ask of their makeup artists.

Cosmetics Buyer
Cosmetic Buyers generally work for a department store, specialty store or salon. They travel often, especially to trade shows. Staying up-to-date with industry trends is the core of their existence. How are they to know what to buy for their company if they don’t know what their clients want to buy?

What do you get when you combine a licensed esthetician and a background in journalism? You get a beauty writer/copywriter/editor/blogger. These licensed estheticians write online and in print for magazines, newspapers, industry trade publications, educational reference tools or even their own professional or personal blog. Beauty writers cover all aspects of the industry including product reviews, featured articles, website content and advertising. They can also cover media appearances from time to time.

Brand Trainer/Educator
Brand Trainers and Educators teach other licensed estheticians, makeup artists, salespeople or clients all about a brand’s product line and how to use and sell product to their clients. The focus is more on education of the brand and the product line than retailing the actual product.

State Board Licensing Inspector/Examiner
The people who prepare and conduct the state board exam and practical are more than likely licensed estheticians themselves. These professionals are the police force in the esthetic world. They are also the ones who perform regular salon and business inspections. There are plenty of benefits to working on the state board side of things. How about always getting weekends off, having full benefits health and always having an advantage should you ever need to pass the state board exam again?

Spa/Salon Esthetician
This is the job most people associate with being a licensed esthetician. Spa and salon estheticians perform a number of skin services on their clients in the treatment room: facials, extractions, massage and body treatments. They also educate their clients on proper at-home skin care through the use of products designed specifically for their client’s skin type and/or condition. This means plenty of product sales and lots of customer service. Client retention is a spa/salon esthetician’s bread and butter.

Salon/Spa Management
Spa and salon estheticians can climb the industry ladder by making their way up to management at the spa or salon they work at. Working in management is means the esthetician has to trade in their touchy-feely time in the treatment room for a business hat. Management is responsible for hiring and training new esthetician talent, merchandising the product lines that their business carries, maintaining product inventory for their estheticians to sell and providing customer service to both the licensed estheticians and clients.


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