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

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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

  • 6482.1: Estheticians

2006 NOC-S

  • G922: Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations

2011 NOC

  • 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

2016 NOC

  • 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

2021 NOC

  • 63211: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

2023 OaSIS

  • 63211.01: Estheticians
Updated Mar 31, 2024

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, and 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 wear 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 treatments, and dermal planing
  • Provide other aesthetic services such as aromatherapy, microneedling, facials, dermal rolling, and chemical peels
  • Provide other body services such as body polishing, body wrapping, spray tanning, airbrushing, and 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

If working in a salon or spa, they also may take bookings or perform other front-desk duties.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2024
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

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

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.


2006 NOC: 6482.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

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

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


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

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2024

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 and maintain a positive personal appearance, and help others do the same

They should enjoy:

  • Taking a methodical approach to compiling information and solving problems
  • Serving, interacting with, and helping people
  • Using special products and techniques

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.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

2016 NOC: 6562

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 288 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Jun 20, 2024 and Jul 19, 2024.

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.
Tasks: Manicures
Tasks: Pedicures
Tasks: Clean, trim and polish nails
Attention to detail
Construction Specialization: Client focus
Tasks: Nail art technics
Tasks: Provide gel and acrylic nail extensions
Tasks: Schedule and confirm appointments
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Hand-eye co-ordination
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2024
  • 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 practising 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
Beauty Maker Institute
Bella Elite Beauty & Barber Academy Ltd.
Canada Institute of Clinical Aesthetics
Delmar College - Red Deer Campus
European Institute of Esthetics, Esthetic and Laser Training Centre
Glowup Aesthetic Academy
International Academy of Esthetics
Jyot's Aesthetics Academy
Marvy's Skincare Laser & Esthetics Institute
MC College - Calgary
MC College - Edmonton
MC College - Red Deer
MTG Healthcare Academy - Calgary
MTG Healthcare Academy - Edmonton
MTG Healthcare Academy - Red Deer
Polished School of Esthetics
Sultana's Beauty Clinic and School

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, 2024
  • Certification Not Regulated

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2024

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.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations occupational group, 79.9% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.7% from 2021 to 2025. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 116 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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: 2021-2025 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2024

Estheticians’ earnings vary a great deal depending on their specialty, 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
Per Hour
Average Salary
Per Year
Average Hours
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 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.

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.

Hourly Wage

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

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $23.00 $15.92 $15.00
Overall $15.00 $31.66 $19.67 $18.50
Top $15.00 $46.15 $25.93 $24.00

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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.

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)

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 31, 2024. 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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