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Cosmeticians demonstrate and sell cosmetic products and advise customers about their use.

  • Avg. Salary $27,773.00
  • Avg. Wage $16.88
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
Also Known As

Cosmetologist, Salesperson

NOC & Interest Codes
The Cosmetician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
NOC code: 6482.2

Interest in compiling information on clients' facial features and skin conditions


Interest in serving - assisting by advising clients on the use of make-up and other beauty products


Interest in manipulating various products and using make-up application techniques; may specialize in applying make-up on models or other individuals for special occasions

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 15, 2016

Cosmeticians serve customers in department stores, drug stores and other retail beauty establishments. In general, they:

  • promote and sell skin care and cosmetic products
  • help customers identify personal needs and preferences
  • advise customers about skin care in general and how to care for problem areas in particular
  • advise customers about colours and types of make-up
  • advise customers on hair colour products and applications
  • advise customers about fragrances and hair and nail care products
  • show customers how make-up can change their appearance and teach them how to apply cosmetic products
  • keep customer records of services provided and products purchased
  • support, plan and deliver promotional activities and events
  • gather and relay customer feedback about products back to the company
  • book appointments for one-on-one demonstrations.

Depending on where they work, cosmeticians also may have responsibilities related to ordering, inventory control and merchandising (for more information, see the Visual Merchandiser occupational profile).

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Cosmeticians work in a retail environment, as either part of a team or independently. Weekend and evening work is usually required whether they work full time or part time. Cosmeticians spend most of their working hours on their feet and may lift and move items weighing up to 10 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Cosmeticians need the following characteristics:

  • good communication, presentation and customer service skills
  • a good sense of colour
  • an interest in skin care and make-up
  • the desire to maintain an attractive personal appearance.

They should enjoy:

  • dealing with the public
  • taking a methodical approach to compiling information
  • serving and assisting people
  • staying updated on the latest trends and fashions
  • using specialized products and techniques.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

There are no standard education requirements for cosmeticians. However, arithmetic skills, a high school diploma or related training are definite assets when seeking employment.

Most cosmeticians are trained on the job or have related post-secondary training. Many cosmeticians working in department stores and drug stores attend ongoing training seminars sponsored by the companies that manufacture the products they promote.

The Canadian Cosmetics Careers Association offers a Cosmetics Correspondence Course and an accreditation program for cosmeticians. Some employers require cosmeticians to complete the correspondence course.

People interested in this occupation should discuss their training and employment options with practicing cosmeticians and potential employers.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Cosmeticians are employed in the cosmetics departments of retail stores.

Experienced cosmeticians may advance to supervisory positions in cosmetic departments. Some are employed by cosmetic manufacturers as sales representatives. With additional training, cosmeticians may move into related occupations (for more information, see the Esthetician and Make-up Artist occupational profiles).

Cosmeticians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the Other Services (PDF) industry. However, most cosmeticians work in the Retail Trade (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 4,900 Albertans are employed in the Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.0% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 98 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As cosmeticians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for cosmeticians.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Cosmeticians generally earn hourly wages or a salary plus commissions.

Cosmeticians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations occupational group earned on average from $13.55 to $21.03 an hour. The overall average wage was $16.88 an hour. For more information, see the Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Cosmetology
    • Esthetics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Canadian Cosmetics Careers Association (CCCA) website:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 24, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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