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Esthetician

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

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) 
  • 2016 NOC: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations (6562) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Estheticians
2006 NOC : 6482.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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 About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

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 makeup 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
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

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

Traits & Skills
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.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
NOC code: 6562

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Apr 12, 2022 and May 24, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Personal Suitability: Client focus
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Clean, trim and polish nails
Provide gel and acrylic nail extensions
Nail art technics
Manicures
Personal Suitability: Organized
Pedicures
Personal Suitability: Flexibility
Schedule and confirm appointments
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Minimum Education Varies

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

Alberta College of Body Art

Beauty Maker Institute

Bella Elite Beauty & Barber Academy Ltd.

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

International Academy of Esthetics

MC College - Calgary

MC College - Edmonton

MC College - Red Deer

Polished School of Esthetics

Sultana's Beauty Clinic and School

The Esthetic Institute Training Center - Edmonton

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

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, Makeup 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.

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

In Alberta, the 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.3% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 134 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

2016 NOC : 6562
Average Wage
$22.35
Per Hour
Average Salary
$36,492.00
Per Year
Average Hours
31.9
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.9
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 6562 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

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.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
ALL INDUSTRIES

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

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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