How to Become a Medical Esthetician

become a medical esthetician

The beauty and wellness industry is currently one of the fastest growing industries. With more and more people becoming concerned about their outward appearance, the job outlook for those who are in the beauty industry is very positive. If you are deeply passionate about serving others to help make them feel more beautiful, then a career in the beauty industry is perfect for you.

How to Become a Medical Esthetician

One of the most sought-after professions in the beauty industry is that of a medical esthetician. These are the people who work in a dermatologist’s clinic or in the plastic surgery department of a hospital. They provide varied treatments with the likes of laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, facial treatments, exfoliation, diamond peel and other near-medical services. To become a medical esthetician, you will need to take the following steps:

Enroll in an Esthetician School

Find an accredited esthetician school in your area and commit to about 300 to 600 hours of education and training to obtain your degree. You need to find a school that is accredited by the State Board of Cosmetology. After which, you will be required to pass the State Board Licensing exam. Throughout your training you will be expected to gain in-depth knowledge about skin care as well as hands-on experience in dealing with real clients.

Obtain Your License

Once you have completed the program the next step is to pass the State Board Licensing Exam. This is one of the most crucial steps to becoming a medical esthetician. Currently there are 38 states that require all practitioners to become licensed.

Job Search

Once you have your license you can already start looking for jobs in different private doctor clinics, salons, skin care clinics and even in hospitals. Some of the best places to look include classified ads in the newspaper, job boards on the Internet, social media websites and even through your local community trade school. Here you will find a listing of all the institutions that are currently looking for medical estheticians and you can start your career from there.

Once you have landed a job make sure to learn everything that you need to know about the different treatments. Observe your colleagues and ask questions, read and do your own research and be very inquisitive. Most of your learning will stem from your own willingness to expand your knowledge so it is good to have a very pro-active approach when it comes to your career.

Additional Training And Certifications

When you feel that you are ready to take your career to greater heights, you can opt to go for more specialized skills. Look for additional training that will lead to more certifications and ultimately, faster growth for your career as a medical esthetician.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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10 years ago


10 years ago

Esthetcian and cosmetology and barbar , I have2760 huors.

Skyler Williams
Skyler Williams
4 years ago

I had no idea that it took 300 to 600 hours of education and training to obtain your degree. My daughter has been talking to me about becoming an esthetician but I wasn’t sure what it was and what it would take to become one. Now that I know, I feel better about sending her off to school.