Beauticians are licensed experts who work to improve a client's physical appearance: skin, hair, and nails. These professionals also perform specialized services such as application of makeup and personal styling. Most beauticians work in beauty salons, although a few are employed at hotels, resorts, and spas. A beautician draws an average salary of $33,150 for an entry-level position, with experienced professionals earning $50,110 or more per year. Employers also provide benefits such as employee discounts, 401(k) matching, and employee assistance programs, to name a few. The demand for beauticians is projected to increase by 13 percent, with an estimated 87,600 job openings in the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Beauticians with the right exposure and experience can be promoted to a supervisory position or go on to open their shops and salons.
Beautician Duties and responsibilities
Depending on the type of establishment and job level, beauticians take care of a range of grooming and beauty needs of their clients. They offer hair and makeup services and provide general beauty consultation to clients. They maintain beauty equipment, ensuring cleanliness and orderliness of the establishment. These workers are in charge of performing makeup demonstrations, consulting with clients, and providing skincare advice. Other duties assigned to the beautician include appointment scheduling, preparing work reports, maintaining inventory records, operating a cash register, and recommending styling products to the clients. They are also responsible for estimating and ordering new and replacement equipment and supplies. Some beauticians are also in charge of hiring, training, and assigning duties to junior beauticians. They are occasionally required to attend beauty training and seminars to learn new trends in styling and grooming.
To work as a beautician, the applicant must typically have a beauty college degree or vocational school training and certification. Additionally, the applicants must have a license from the state in which they wish to work. Most managers prefer the candidates to have prior experience in a beauty or related field. However, some employers hire interns or entry-level stylists directly from school, training them on the job. Because of the one-on-one and personal nature of the role, the ideal candidate must be a people-oriented person. The applicant must be an excellent communicator and be open to listening and executing the customer's wants and needs in a satisfactory manner. They should have knowledge of the operation and maintenance of tools and an understanding of the rules and regulations of cosmetology. The candidate should be up to date with modern techniques of beauty care. The job role also requires the candidate to be flexible and have physical stamina.