10 Career Possibilities With an Esthetician’s License

Getting your esthetician’s license takes a lot of dedication. While there can be some challenges along the way, learning about the beauty industry is a fulfilling way to pursue your passion for beauty and skincare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the expected job growth for skincare specialists by 2028 is 11%! This is much higher than average for all occupations. If you’re thinking about becoming an esthetician, you should look at potential careers you might want to pursue! Here are 10 career paths that you could look into with your esthetics license:

1. Medical Esthetician

If you want to work in a medical setting, you could pursue a career as a medical esthetician!. Medical estheticians often work closely with doctors and are sometimes associated with dermatology. The bulk of their work is in the field of skincare. They can provide a variety of services ranging from client consultations to offering recommendations on skin care routines and products.

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2. Makeup Artist

Express your creativity by becoming a makeup artist! Makeup artists can work in a wide range of settings, from department stores, to on set with television or movies, or even as a celebrity makeup artist!

Having a foundation in esthetics can give you flexibility with future clients, as you can help them maintain healthy skin and recommend makeup products that are best suited for their skin type.

3. Brand Representative

As a brand representative, your responsibility is to promote your product to different professionals such as makeup artists or salon and spa owners. You can show and train other beauty sales teams on how to sell your products to their customers.

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4. Salesperson

Salespeople represent a certain line of makeup or skincare products. You usually see them in the malls offering free makeup or tests of the products that they sell. To become a beauty adviser, you have to be extremely knowledgeable about the brand that you represent.

The training that you had in order to get your esthetician’s license can be useful for this kind of career. It’s also important to know how to communicate effectively with clients and how to market the benefits of the products you’re selling.

5. Cosmetics Buyer

This type of job can require you to travel a lot to attend conventions on the latest in the cosmetics industry. You can find work in department stores, salons, or specialty stores, and you should know what products should be offered by your company and which ones you believe will sell the best!

6. Beauty Blogger or Writer

Having in-depth knowledge about different aspects of makeup and skincare can give you the authority to write about beauty. If you love writing and giving beauty advice, then this could be the best job for you. Getting paid to write about something you love is a great way to utilize your creativity!

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7. Brand Trainer/Beauty Educator

With this job, you can use the skills and education that you got in order to acquire your esthetics license. Being a beauty educator can allow you to teach and impart your skills and knowledge to other aspiring estheticians, makeup artists, and sales people. Brand trainers are given the task of training a company’s salespeople on the most effective ways of selling their products.

8. State Board Licensing Examiner or Inspector

Licensed estheticians usually prepare and conduct the state board exam. Inspectors are the ones that travel to different beauty salons and spa businesses to make sure that they adhere to all the health and safety regulations of the state. An inspector is crucial to maintaining hygiene standards in salons across the country.

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9. Spa or Salon Esthetician

With an esthetician license, you can find various jobs in different spas and salons in your area. You might be performing facials, extractions, and massages as well as different body treatments. You can also take part in educating clients about proper skincare through the use of specific products designed for the client’s skin type and condition.

10. Salon or Spa Manager

Having an esthetician’s license can make it easier for you to climb the ladder in the salon or spa that you work for. After a few years of experience in the industry, gunning for a managerial position is usually the next big step. You might be responsible for running the entire business, and you can be involved in hiring and training new estheticians as well.

What Career Path Are You Most Interested In?

As you can see, there are numerous opportunities for licensed estheticians. However, you must first attend a beauty school and pass your exams before applying for licensure. Before you enroll in an esthetics school, make sure that they offer an esthetics program that best suits your needs.

If you’re passionate about skincare, working with people, and are interested in learning esthetics, check out our esthetics program! We have five locations in Washington, apply online to see if a future in beauty might be right for you.

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Candace Hutson
Candace Hutson
2 years ago

On a job application for a licensed esthetician there is a space that requires you to name the issuer of the license. Looking on my license I can’t figure out what that would be. Could you please help me

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Candace Hutson

Candace, typically the issuer of the license is referring to the regulatory agency. In Washington State, it would be the Washington State Department of Licensing – Cosmetology Board. I hope this helps!

CARMEN Y RODRIGUEZ
CARMEN Y RODRIGUEZ
2 years ago

How long does it take to actually get a job in this field?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago

It really depends on the market that you are located in and your qualification. You may want to visit job boards like Indeed.com or Craigslist to see what the availabilities are open and how long those jobs have been posted.

joan
joan
2 years ago

Do you need additional training or schooling to apply for a State Board examiner or inspector position?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  joan

Joan, that is a great question. There is definitely additional training for both. To be an Board Examiner, I believe you have to have had your instructor’s license in addition to your professional license (e.g. cosmetology, esthetics, etc.). As for the Inspector, I am unsure if there are any licensing requirements.

Mary Lee
Mary Lee
2 years ago

Could you still receive a cosmetology or esthetician license if you have a criminal record?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Lee

Hello Mary, that is a great question. First it depends on your state. In Washington State, having a criminal record would not necessarily prohibit you from attaining a license if you met the requirements. However it may require additional restrictions on your license depending on what those convictions were. It’s best to reach out to your state regulatory agency.

Mariah
Mariah
2 years ago

I wanna start my own business someday, I’m interested in doing eyebrows & lashes. I really don’t like doing hair but would love to learn. What one should I get?? Cosmotology or Esthetician license?

Can I start my own business if I only have an esthetician license or do I need a cosmetology license? Please help me! Thanks

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Mariah

Mariah, that is is great question. What may be best is to set up a tour at beauty school? It’ll give you an option to explore and get your questions answered. I am not sure where you located, but if you are in Washington state, you can reach our school at evergreenbeauty.edu

Good luck!

Delores
Delores
2 years ago

whats the difference between a esthetician an a aesthetician

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Delores

Hello Delores, in terms of profession, it is the same 🙂 Just two different ways to spell it, going back to a European spelling or ‘American’ spelling 🙂

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Hi
I have finished makeup artistry and planning to do esthetic, and I want to train others, can I do it?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Alex, that is great question! What you have to look into is your state requirements. A lot of states require you to have an instructor license to train students in Esthetics (to help them become license), so you may need to get an additional certification. Some states however do not require an additional license, and your industry experience would allow you to train others. I am not sure which state you are in, but if you are in Washington State, please visit us at https://www.evergreenbeauty.edu and an admission counselor can assist you in it. As for Make Up, the requirements to have an ‘instructor’ endorsement is not as common, but the best thing to do is to check with your state.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Thank you

Alyssa Pakalnis
Alyssa Pakalnis
1 year ago

What kind of person would say is qualified for this job and would it be best if I have tried out lashes and skin treatments before I decide to go into the field? I more focused on doing brows and the skin treatments sound interesting to learn. But I do hear eye lashes make the most money.

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson
1 year ago

It’s good to know that a medical esthetician is associated with dermatology. Maybe I can find one that knows enough about my concerns. However, I think I’ll need to consult an actual dermatologist.
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