Why a Career as an Esthetician is Right for You

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Searching for skincare solutions to persisting issues like acne, dry skin, clogged pores, and wrinkles can be tiresome, especially if you’re not achieving desired results. That’s where estheticians come in!

An esthetician can approach skin care remedies more methodically by analyzing your skin type and addressing issues you’re trying to improve with formulations and treatments tailored to your skin.

By enlisting the help of an esthetician, clients can tackle their skin issues more successfully.

Becoming a professional skin care specialist

Whether you’re still trying to figure out a professional field to work in or are considering a course correction in your career path, becoming a licensed esthetician is within reach for anyone interested in skincare with a desire to help people enhance their skin’s appearance.

Unlike a plastic surgeon concentrating on invasive procedures, an esthetician aims to incorporate mostly non-surgical treatments to achieve desired results. Some esthetic skin care treatments can include:

  • Skin analysis
  • Facials and facial massage
  • Pore cleansing treatments
  • Facial exfoliation and extraction
  • Hair removal
  • Chemical peels
  • Body treatments

Many successful makeup artists have studied in an esthetic program. Esthetics instructs on topics beyond skincare, including makeup application, salon management, and sanitation.

The first step to becoming a professional esthetician is looking for an accredited school that offers an esthetics program. Upon graduation, students must apply for and pass their licensed exam. After that, a career in skin care can be just a job interview away.

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Rewarding career choices for estheticians

When you first start, authoring your career in even a niche profession can take many turns. Luckily, there are various career in skincare options you can dip your toe in as an esthetician before committing to one path.

Spa esthetician

A spa esthetician works in a pampering atmosphere, offering people skin treatments, manual massages, and pore cleanings. As reported by Glass Door in July 2023, estheticians can earn as much as $62,000 in a swanky wellness and spa like Miraval Resort & Spa.

Esthetics school instructor

If you love teaching and enjoy attending workshops for continued education, there are opportunities to apply as an esthetician instructor.

At Evergreen Beauty College, we offer an instructor training program for students who want to put their skills to use as a teacher. Students can opt to enroll in the program as it will supplement their studies in an esthetics program.

Medical esthetician

Cultivating a career as an esthetician can be a rewarding experience. As a medical esthetician, the environment you’re practicing in is different from a spa. This line of work is very similar to a spa. However, you’re working in a medical setting. Typically, medical estheticians conduct laser treatments, tattoo removal, and chemical peels and work side-by-side with doctors. Medical estheticians can also administer various facials, from exfoliation to hydrating facials.

Spa manager and spa owner

Managing and owning a spa may sound nice, but managing other employees with different personalities, backgrounds, and experiences can be challenging. Plus, there are other managerial responsibilities, such as developing budgets and being responsible for the minutiae of everyday tasks.

The foundation to ensuring everyone is working together harmoniously and you are streamlining workflows is clear communication of relaying to employees of your expectations, constructive feedback, and maintaining a positive work atmosphere. There is also a line of other unexpected issues that managers and owners must find solutions to.

If you’re still excited to start your spa or have aspirations to manage as you read these duties, then here’s the good news: becoming a business owner and manager can reap many rewards! With experience and hard work, you can create a solid team and, ideally, grow a successful business.

Before taking the leap and becoming a spa owner and manager, attending a cosmetology school and getting hands-on training in your field of study is a good idea.

What will students learn in esthetician school?

At Evergreen Beauty College, we offer an esthetician program in addition to our barbering and cosmetology programs. Students will learn the required skills and how to administer the following treatments:

  • Spa facials
  • Facial massage
  • Touch therapy techniques
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Facial and body waxing
  • Individual eyelash extensions
  • Customized product recommendations

With an esthetician career path, you’ll learn how to read formulations and understand the difference between beauty products with clean ingredients versus ones made of chemicals that may be harsh on a client’s skin type. Students learn to apply their newly developed skills to real clients and will begin preparing for their exams to earn an esthetician license.

About Evergreen Beauty College

Our staff and founders are happy to greet and mentor students on each campus. Students have access to an on-campus salon where they can practice with real clients while supervised by instructors. Students form life-long bonds with students and instructors, creating memorable experiences. At Evergreen, we strive to instill a sense of belonging and confidence in all students and give them the tools they need to succeed. Schedule a tour today. 

FAQ: Is esthetics the right field?

Why choose a career in esthetics?

Estheticians play a vital role in helping people boost their confidence. Our faces are the first thing people greet, and improving the appearance of our skin can make us feel like our best selves at any age. If you like helping people and enjoy skincare, esthetics is a good field. As an esthetician, you’ll likely be on your feet most of the day.

You also get one-on-one time developing relationships with clients. There are many perks to being an esthetician, and the most significant one is making people feel good when they leave. Most full-time students can complete an esthetician course in less than a year.

Who are some famous estheticians?

Renee Rouleau, cosmetic line founder, Hillary Peterson, former Levi’s executive turned esthetician and product developer, and facialist Sofie Pavitt are some of the popular estheticians known in the beauty industry. These women have made big contributions to the world of esthetics and are professionals in the industry.

What is the future of esthetics?

Skincare is a thriving industry that will continue to demand products, new formulations, estheticians, beauty buyers, and makeup artists. A career as an esthetician can be promising.


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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