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Esthetician

Estheticians specialize in beautifying treatments for skin, face, and nails.

  • Avg. Salary $30,772.00
  • Avg. Wage $18.86
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 5,400
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Cosmetologist

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: Estheticians (6482.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations (G922) 
  • 2011 NOC: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations (6562) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

35%
35%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Esthetician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Estheticians
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information on clients' facial and skin conditions

SOCIAL

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

OBJECTIVE

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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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Estheticians work directly with clients one on one. In general, they:

  • Assess the client’s skin characteristics, condition, and appearance
  • Administer treatment plans and schedule visits to provide specific services for skin and nail care, such as:
    • Extractions
    • Peels
    • Masks
  • Advise clients on how to treat skin or nail issues at home
  • Show clients the best ways to clean and care for their skin
  • Advise clients on the purchase and use of professional skin-care products

They may also:

  • Provide make-up artistry for everyday and special occasions
  • Do retail sales and advise on the use of makeup
  • Clean, shape, and polish fingernails and toenails
  • Apply artificial nails and nail art (gel and acrylic)
  • Tint and perm lashes and brows
  • Do microblading
  • Care for eyelashes and apply extensions
  • Provide treatments for hands and feet
  • Give relaxation massages, such as hot stone massages
  • Bleach body and facial hair
  • Remove unwanted hair using techniques such as:
    • Soft and hard wax
    • Sugaring
    • Hot and cold laser
    • Dermal planning
  • Provide other services, such as:
    • Aromatherapy
    • Microneedling
    • Facials
    • Dermal rolling
    • Chemical peels
  • Provide other body services, such as:
    • Body polishing
    • Body wrapping
    • Spray tanning
    • Airbrushing
    • Microdermabrasion

When not working with clients, estheticians:

  • Keep their equipment and work stations clean
  • Keep records of client needs, preferences, and services provided
  • Track inventory and order supplies

They also may take bookings.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Estheticians may work full time or part time. They may need to work some Saturdays and evenings.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Estheticians need:

  • A caring and charismatic attitude
  • An aptitude for complementary and contrasting colour
  • An interest in beauty, health, and appearance
  • A willingness to continue education (both technical and product based)
  • The desire to achieve, maintain, and administer a positive personal appearance

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to compiling information and solving problems. They should be comfortable serving, interacting with, and helping people. They should enjoy using special products and techniques.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

There are no standard education requirements for estheticians. Most salons and spas require esthetics training. High school courses in art, biology, practical chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and business methods are assets.

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


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

Aesthetics Pro

Alberta Academy of Aesthetics

Ambber & Salma College of Esthetics & Spa

Bella Elite Beauty & Barber Academy Ltd.

Cree8iv Ink Training

Delmar College - Red Deer Campus

Delmar College of Esthetics & Wellness

European Institute of Esthetics, Esthetic and Laser Training Centre

Eveline Charles Academy - Calgary

Eveline Charles Academy - Edmonton

GD College

International Academy of Esthetics

Lakeland College

MC College - Calgary

MC College - Edmonton

MC College - Red Deer

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

Estheticians may work as employees or contractors at:

  • Beauty salons
  • Spas, including day spas and medi spas
  • Fitness centres
  • Medical clinics
  • Mobile services
  • Home-based salons

Opportunities for advancement are limited. Some estheticians open their own shops. Others teach at vocational schools. With further training, estheticians may move into related occupations by specializing in one or more services. 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.

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

Estheticians’ earnings vary a great deal depending on their speciality, continued education, and reputation. Rates are typically set for each type of treatment. Earnings vary depending on the type and number of treatments performed each day.

Estheticians may:

  • Rent space in a related business and keep their earnings separate from those of the business
  • Be employed by a salon or spa and paid an hourly rate or commission, whichever is higher
Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.20 $23.54 $14.80 $13.00
Overall $12.51 $28.85 $18.86 $17.00
Top $12.51 $42.00 $25.13 $21.00

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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.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% 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

72%
72%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

35%
35%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

16%
16%

Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services

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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