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Estheticians provide facial and body treatments designed to enhance the physical appearance of their clients.

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


NOC & Interest Codes
The Esthetician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
NOC code: 6482.1

Interest in compiling information on clients' facial and skin conditions


Interest in serving - assisting clients by offering facial and other body treatment services


Interest in manipulating various products and using specialized techniques

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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Updated Dec 15, 2016

Estheticians work with individual clients. In general, they:

  • assess each client's skin condition, appearance and other characteristics
  • advise clients about skin care in general and how to care for problem areas in particular
  • demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly
  • provide facial and other skin treatments using specialized products and techniques (for example, peels and masks)
  • advise clients and sell skin care products.

They also may:

  • advise clients about colours and types of make-up 
  • teach clients how to apply make-up
  • clean, shape and polish fingernails and toenails
  • apply artificial nails and nail art
  • tint eyelashes and eyebrows
  • provide specialized treatments for hands and feet
  • perform relaxation massages (for example, hot stone massages)
  • remove body and facial hair by applying wax
  • provide other specialized services such as aromatherapy, body wrapping, airbrushing or microdermabrasion.

When not working directly with clients, estheticians:

  • keep their equipment and work stations clean
  • keep records of client needs and preferences and services provided
  • track inventory and order supplies.

They also may be responsible for booking client appointments.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Estheticians may work full time or part time. Saturday and evening work often is required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Estheticians need the following characteristics:

  • a conscientious and caring attitude
  • a good sense of colour
  • an interest in skin care and willingness to continue learning about new products and procedures
  • the desire to maintain an attractive personal appearance.

They should enjoy:

  • taking a methodical approach to compiling information
  • serving and assisting people
  • using specialized products and techniques.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

There are no standard education requirements for estheticians but most salons and spas require that job applicants have esthetics training. High school courses in art, biology, practical chemistry, anatomy, physiology and business methods are definite assets.

Related Education

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

Academy of Professional Hair Design

Advance Institute of Wellness & Esthetics

Aesthetics Pro

Alberta Academy of Aesthetics

Bella Elite Beauty & Barber Academy Ltd.

Eveline Charles Academy - Calgary

Eveline Charles Academy - Edmonton

International Academy of Esthetics

Lakeland College

MC College - Calgary

MC College - Edmonton

MC College - Red Deer

National Institute of Wellness & Esthetics Inc.

Rosewood College

Sultana's Beauty Clinic and School

The Esthetic Institute Training Center

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

People interested in this occupation should discuss their training options with practicing estheticians and potential employers before enrolling in a program.

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.

Estheticians may be employed or work on a contract basis in

  • beauty salons
  • cosmetology shops
  • spas
  • fitness centres
  • clinics
  • mobile services
  • home based businesses.

Advancement opportunities in this occupation are limited. Some estheticians establish independent shops or teach in private vocational schools. With additional training, estheticians may move into related occupations (for more information, see the Electrologist, Make-Up Artist and Massage Therapist occupational profiles).

Estheticians 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.

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 estheticians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for estheticians.

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

Estheticians' earnings vary considerably depending location, services offered and the person's reputation. Rates are usually set for each type of treatment so earnings vary depending on the type and number of treatments performed each day.

Estheticians may:

  • rent space in a beauty salon and keep their earnings separate from those of the salon
  • be employed by a salon and paid a basic salary plus commission
  • operate their own shops and pay overhead costs (for example, rent, utilities) from their earnings
  • work from their own homes.

Estheticians 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
  • Fine Arts
    • Visual Arts
  • Science
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Esthetics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services

Updated Mar 19, 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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