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Cosmetician

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

  • Avg. Salary $36,492.00
  • Avg. Wage $22.35
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 6,000
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Cosmetologist, Salesperson

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Cosmeticians (6482.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations (G922) 
  • 2011 NOC: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations (6562) 
  • 2016 NOC: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations (6562) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

61%
61%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Cosmetician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Cosmeticians
METHODICAL

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

SOCIAL

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

OBJECTIVE

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.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2019

In general, cosmeticians:

  • Promote and sell skin care and cosmetic products and accessories
  • Help customers learn about their personal needs and preferences
  • Advise customers about skin care in general
  • Give tips on caring for problem areas
  • Advise customers on colours and types of makeup
  • Advise customers on hair colour products and how to apply them
  • Advise customers on fragrances and hair care and nail care products
  • Show customers how to apply makeup
  • Keep customer records of services provided and products purchased
  • Plan, support and deliver promotional activities and events
  • Gather customer feedback and relay it to the company
  • Book one-on-one appointments
  • Give on-the-spot consultations

Depending on where they work, cosmeticians may also help with ordering and . For more information see the Visual Merchandiser occupational profile.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Cosmeticians work in retail settings. They may work alone or as part of a team. They may work weekends and evenings. They spend most of their shifts on their feet. They may sometimes deal with difficult clients.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Cosmeticians need:

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Customer service and conflict resolution skills
  • A good sense of colour
  • An interest in skin care and makeup
  • The desire to keep up an attractive personal appearance

They should enjoy:

  • Using a methodical approach to compile information
  • Using specialized products and techniques
  • Staying up to date on the latest trends and fashions
  • Dealing with the public and serving and helping people
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

There are no standard education requirements for cosmeticians. But a high school diploma and related training are assets.

Most cosmeticians are trained on the job. Some have related post-secondary training. Many cosmeticians go to training seminars, which are run by the companies that make the products they sell.

Cosmeticians working in fast-growing retail companies must be skilled in all areas of beauty including skin, hair, and fragrance.

The Canadian Cosmetics Careers Association offers a cosmetics correspondence course, which some employers require. It also offers an accreditation program for cosmeticians.

People interested in this occupation should talk to practising cosmeticians and potential employers about training and work options.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Advance Institute of Wellness & Esthetics

Ambber & Salma Esthetics, Laser & Spa Training Centre

Bella Elite Beauty & Barber Academy Ltd.

Cambrooks College - Downtown Campus

Delmar College - Red Deer Campus

Delmar College of Esthetics & Wellness

European Institute of Esthetics, Esthetic and Laser Training Centre

Eveline Charles Academy - Edmonton

International Academy of Esthetics

MC College - Calgary

MC College - Edmonton

MC College - Red Deer

Numa International Institute of Makeup and Design

Peace River Academy

Polished School of Esthetics

Sultana's Beauty Clinic and School

The Esthetic Institute Training Center - Edmonton

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Cosmeticians work in the cosmetics departments of retail stores, pharmacies and other retail beauty shops.

Experienced cosmeticians may advance to supervisory positions in cosmetics departments. Some work as sales representatives for cosmetics companies. With further training, cosmeticians may move into related occupations such as esthetician and make-up artist.

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 (pdf) 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.

In Alberta, the G922: Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 98 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Cosmeticians generally earn an hourly wage or a salary plus commissions.

Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $43.75 $17.49 $15.00
Overall $15.00 $87.50 $22.35 $17.00
Top $16.39 $111.00 $28.72 $20.19

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

61%
61%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

52%
52%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

20%
20%

Vacancy Rate

4%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Canadian Cosmetics Careers Association (CCCA) website: cosmetics.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2019. 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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