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Skincare Specialists
SOC Code: 39-5094.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Aesthetician, Clinical Esthetician, Esthetician, Facialist, Lead Esthetician, Medical Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist, Skin Care Technician, Skin Care Therapist, Spa Technician

Tasks

  • Sterilize equipment and clean work areas.
  • Examine clients' skin, using magnifying lamps or visors when necessary, to evaluate skin condition and appearance.
  • Cleanse clients' skin with water, creams, or lotions.
  • Demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly and recommend skin-care regimens.
  • Select and apply cosmetic products, such as creams, lotions, and tonics.
  • Perform simple extractions to remove blackheads.
  • Stay abreast of latest industry trends, products, research, and treatments.
  • Determine which products or colors will improve clients' skin quality and appearance.
  • 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.
  • Remove body and facial hair by applying wax.
  • Provide facial and body massages.
  • Keep records of client needs and preferences and the services provided.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to provide patients with preoperative and postoperative skin care.
  • Sell makeup to clients.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Spa management software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Air brushes - Airbrushing tools
  • Blackhead remover - Spoon extractors
  • Blanket or solution warmer cabinets - Wax heaters
  • Cryosurgery equipment or accessories - Cryoprobes
  • Dermatoscopes
  • Dry heat or hot air sterilizers - Dry heat sterilizers
  • Galvanic or faradic stimulators - Galvanic facial machines
  • Hair scissors - Facial hair scissors
  • High frequency electromagnetic wave stimulator - High frequency skin care machines
  • Lancets - Skin lancets
  • Lasers - Skincare lasers
  • Magnifiers - Skin magnification systems
  • Moist steam cabinet - Facial steamers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Physical therapy massage table - Therapeutic massage tables
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers - Steam autoclaves
  • Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories - Microdermabrasion machines
  • Tablet computers
  • Tweezers - Hair removal tweezers
  • Ultrasonic therapy apparatus or supplies - Ultrasonic facial machines
  • Ultraviolet sterilizer - Ultraviolet UV sterilizers
  • Visible light radiator - Light-emitting diode LED light therapy equipment
  • Warming cabinets - Hot towel cabinets

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Interests

  • Interest code: ESR
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Physical Proximity - 97% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 55% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 56% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Contact With Others - 74% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Level of Competition - 35% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 41% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 60% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 13% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 55% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 57% responded “About half the time.”
  • Telephone - 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 29% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 49% responded “Minor results.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
87%Post-secondary certificate
10%Some college, no degree
2%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $14.46 hourly, $30,080 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 61,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 8,100

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