Skincare Specialists
SOC: 39-5094.00


Provide skincare treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance. Includes electrologists and laser hair removal specialists.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
55,000 employed

Projected (2024):
61,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Aesthetician
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Clinical Esthetician
  • Electrolysis Needle Operator
  • Electrolysis Operator
  • Electrolysist
  • Esthetic Dermatologist
  • Esthetician
  • Esthetician and Manager, Medical Spa
  • Esthetician Facialist
  • Esthetician Spa
  • Esthetician, Makeup Artist
  • Esthetician, Permanent Makeup Artist
  • Esthetician-Electrologist-Permanent Make-Up
  • Esthetician/Owner
  • Esthetician/Skin Therapist
  • Esthetician/Spa Coordinator (Front Desk)
  • Facial Operator
  • Facialist
  • Head Esthetician
  • Image Consultant
  • Lead Esthetician
  • Licensed Esthetician
  • Massage Therapist and Master Esthetician
  • Master Esthetician
  • Medical Esthetician
  • Nurse Esthetician
  • Salon Manager
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Skin Care Technician
  • Skin Care Therapist
  • Skin Therapist
  • Spa Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Sterilize equipment and clean work areas.
  • Keep records of client needs and preferences and the services provided.
  • Demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly and recommend skin-care regimens.
  • Examine clients' skin, using magnifying lamps or visors when necessary, to evaluate skin condition and appearance.
  • Select and apply cosmetic products such as creams, lotions, and tonics.
  • Cleanse clients' skin with water, creams, or lotions.
  • Treat the facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance, using specialized techniques and products, such as peels and masks.
  • Refer clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.
  • Determine which products or colors will improve clients' skin quality and appearance.
  • Perform simple extractions to remove blackheads.
  • Provide facial and body massages.
  • Remove body and facial hair by applying wax.
  • Apply chemical peels to reduce fine lines and age spots.
  • Advise clients about colors and types of makeup and instruct them in makeup application techniques.
  • Sell makeup to clients.
  • Collaborate with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to provide patients with preoperative and postoperative skin care.
  • Tint eyelashes and eyebrows.
  • Stay abreast of latest industry trends, products, research, and treatments.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Airbrushing tools
  • Cryoprobes
  • Dermatoscopes
  • Dry heat sterilizers
  • Facial hair scissors
  • Facial steamers
  • Galvanic facial machines
  • Hair removal tweezers
  • High frequency skin care machines
  • Hot towel cabinets
  • Laptop computers
  • Light-emitting diode LED light therapy equipment
  • Microdermabrasion machines
  • Personal computers
  • Skin lancets
  • Skin magnification systems
  • Skincare lasers
  • Spoon extractors
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Tablet computers
  • Therapeutic massage tables
  • Ultrasonic facial machines
  • Ultraviolet UV sterilizers
  • Wax heaters
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Spa management software
  • Web browser software

  • personal care and service

    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650