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Emerging Occupations

Lash Technician

Lash technicians apply eyelash extensions to the natural lashes to enhance the physical appearance of their clients.

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 6,000
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Eyelash Artist, Eyelash Extension Technician, Eyelash Technician, Lash Artist, Lash Extension Technician

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) 
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 Lash Technician 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.

Learn More

Updated Apr 28, 2017

In general, lash technicians:

  • consult with clients to inform them of available options, determine preferences and assess a flattering look
  • apply extensions using special techniques and medical-grade adhesive
  • maintain a sanitary safe work environment, and clean instruments and equipment by applying appropriate disinfecting and sterilization practices
  • provide after-care guidance and product recommendations for upkeep of lash extensions.

 They also may:

  • provide tinting, perming and lifting (curling) of eyelashes
  • provide advice on false lash strips and products that help extend the life of lashes
  • provide brow shaping
  • provide eyebrow extensions
  • apply facial makeup.

Extensions come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, curls and colours. Depending on the product, it may be made from different materials, including synthetic silk, mink, faux mink, horse hair or human hair. Each product has advantages and disadvantages. For example, synthetic silk is relatively inexpensive, but heavy on the eyes. Faux mink is lighter but more expensive. Horse hair lashes are lighter and softer than synthetic, but may trigger allergic reactions.

Types of lash extensions include:

  • strip or band eyelashes
  • clusters or flares
  • volume lashes.

Strip eyelashes are attached to a band that is glued to the skin at the lash line. They are intended for single-day use.

Clusters or flares are groups of 5 to 8 lashes glued together in a flare shape. Each flare is then glued to small groups of natural eyelashes. They last approximately 1 to 2 weeks.

Volume lashes are single extensions that are applied to each natural eyelash. With proper care and maintenance, volume lashes may last 4 to 6 weeks.

Working Conditions
Updated Apr 28, 2017

Lash technicians may work full time or part time. Weekend and evening work often is required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Apr 28, 2017

Lash technicians need the following characteristics:

  • artistic talent
  • good hand-eye co-ordination
  • good vision and depth perception
  • steady hands with good finger dexterity
  • excellent attention to detail
  • professionalism
  • accuracy and consistency
  • preparedness and time-management skills
  • endurance and patience
  • good multitasking skills
  • excellent customer-service skills.

Lash technicians should enjoy the beauty business and working with clients. They should also be dedicated to providing safe eyelash enhancement services by using professional products according to established protocols.

Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 28, 2017

There are no standard educational requirements for lash technicians. However, a high school diploma and related training as a certified make-up artist or esthetician are considered assets when seeking employment.

Employers also prefer to hire lash technicians who have professional certification in eyelash extensions, at least one year of experience or a portfolio of their previous work. Experience in a retail environment is also considered beneficial.

In Alberta, eyelash extension technician training and certification may be obtained through many private schools, including but not limited to:

For current information about courses and enrolment requirements, check the training provider’s calendar, visit their website or contact them directly.

People interested in this occupation should discuss their training options with practicing lash technicians 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 Esthetics, Laser & Spa Training Centre

Bella Elite Beauty & Barber Academy Ltd.

DelMar College

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

Lakeland College

MC College - Calgary

MC College - Edmonton

MC College - Red Deer

Numa International Institute of Makeup and Design

Sultana's Beauty Clinic and School

The Esthetic Institute Training Center

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.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 28, 2017

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • an increased human need (for example, new services)
  • technological advances
  • greater specialization within an occupation.

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for lash technicians is unknown.

Lash technicians are employed or work on a contract basis in:

  • beauty salons
  • cosmetology shops
  • spas
  • home-based or mobile businesses.

Lash technicians 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 [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 28, 2017

Lash technicians' earnings vary considerably depending location, employer, services offered and the person's reputation. Rates may be set for each set of eyelash extensions applied, so earnings vary depending on the type and number of applications performed each day. Some lash technicians may be paid hourly or daily rates.

As a traveling lash educator, lash technicians can earn $25 to $35 per hour (2016 estimate).

More recent wage and salary data is available for the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6562: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations.

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
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  • High
  • Average
  • Median
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.

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.

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 Apr 28, 2017. 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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