Demand strong for trained beauty therapists

Beauty therapy is a role that's perfect if you have an interest in the beauty industry and you enjoy working with people.

So how you become an accredited beauty therapist? The most common qualification for beauty therapists is a diploma or advanced diploma, although you can undertake an apprenticeship through a salon.

Beauticians work in a variety of settings such as beauty salons, department stores, hairdressers and day spas. It's a busy and dynamic role, in which you can be involved in providing treatments like waxing, manicures, massage and body treatments to a broad range of clients. Beauty therapists also provide advice and recommend beauty treatments and products such a skincare, haircare products, and make up, as well as other cosmetic treatments.

In terms of pay, a beauty therapist's wage is based on an hourly rate of about $22.30 an hour, so a beauty therapist salary is based on hours worked each week.

Fast facts

  • Demand for beauty therapists expected to grow 8,000 jobs by 2020.
  • Beauty therapists usually work in service or retail industries, but also in health care.
  • Therapists earn about $22.30 an hour.

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