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

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


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

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

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.

Advance Institute of Wellness & Esthetics

Aesthetics Pro

Alberta Academy of Aesthetics

Ambber & Salma College of Esthetics & Spa

Bella Elite Beauty & Barber Academy Ltd.

Delmar College - Red Deer Campus

Delmar College of Esthetics & Wellness

EIE MediSpa & Laser Training Centre

Eveline Charles Academy - Calgary

Eveline Charles Academy - Edmonton

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.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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, electrologists and related occupations

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
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)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

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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