Pros and Cons of an Esthetics Career

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If you have ever wanted to be an esthetician, you undoubtedly want to help people look and feel better about their skin. The industry has changed dramatically over the years, and you are sure to love what the field has to offer with this popular career choice. But, as with any profession, there are good and not so good attributes.

Pros of Being an Esthetician

  • It can be a very rewarding profession emotionally, as you are making people feel and look good.
  • Since every person’s skin is different, you will never be bored with a mundane job.
  • Since skin care advancement techniques are ongoing, you can continue to learn throughout your career through classes, books, trade shows, podcasts, websites, and blogs.
  • You have several employment options to choose from such as salons, spas, doctor’s offices, department stores, and even on a cruise line in their spa.
  • With your knowledge of skin care you could become an entrepreneur and start your own business.
  • As an esthetician, you can have a very flexible schedule, so you can juggle your family or personal life with your career.
  • You can work on either commission or salary. Find out ahead of time what your company offers in the way of payment structures so that you know ahead of time what your hard work will earn.

Cons of Being an Esthetician

Many people may consider these cons of being an esthetician. However, we know that some people may view these as challenges to overcome and may even view these as pros!

  • Numerous skin care establishments can increase your competition, driving away prospective clients.
  • Economic downturn can drastically affect whether or not people are willing to spend money they don’t have on their personal indulgences.
  • You may be required to bring in your own clientele. This can be tricky if you are new to the field and haven’t built a consistent customer base.
  • It can be difficult to gain employment right out of school. Many places require experience, which could hinder your chances of landing your dream job.
  • It can take years to build up a solid and steady clientele list. Chemistry and comfortableness between you and your clients is a time consuming task that may take years.
  • While unfortunate, the majority of people entering the field will leave it in less than 2 years. This can be the result of many things such as not building up a steady list of clients, the inability to get a job without experience, economic downturn, etc.
  • You must be willing to give up your nights and weekends. Most people work during the day so you have to be available when your clients need you to be.
  • No matter how stressful or frustrating your day is, you must always wear a smile on your face. This can be challenging during difficult times in your life.

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Where can I get medical esthetician training?

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Janice, there are a number of training programs out there. The school that I operate out of (Evergreen Beauty College) offers a program, as do a number of other training facilities throughout out state.

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i just discovered your blog and i’m already in love! Thank you for posting so many helpful articles, especially this one which helps break down popular brands that we can trust. I just started working at Sephora so I’m still learning everything in the industry, and this article has made me much more knowledgeable!

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Liane

Do estheticians get health benefits from their employer?

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Frank - Beauty College Ambassador

It really depends on the employers; there are a number of spas that offer health benefits to their employees. The larger national chains typically do (e.g. Hand and Stone, Utla, Massage Envy), as well as botique spas in the area.

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Lintyra vining

I went to cosmetologly school and finish it but I didn’t lik the hair part but I want to become a esthetic so

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I didn’t know that estheticians have flexible schedules. My daughter is looking into different careers. I’ll talk to her about becoming an esthetician so she can keep the freedom she loves.
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Xeniw

Can I start my studies of medical esthetician at age of 15 ?

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Xeniw, it depends which state you are located in. In Washington State, you need to reach the age of 17 to take your state exam.