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Updated / Emerging Occupations

Lash Technician

Lash technicians apply extensions to natural eyelashes to enhance their clients’ physical appearance.

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 $36,492.00
  • Avg. Wage $22.35
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 6,000
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

(Eyelash / Lash) Artist, (Eyelash / 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

61%
61%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • 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).
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, 2020

In general, lash technicians consult with clients to tell them about options, learn their preferences, and choose a flattering look. They also:

  • Apply extensions using special techniques and medical-grade adhesive
  • Use approved practices to maintain a sanitary and safe work station by disinfecting and sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • Provide after-care guidance and recommend products to upkeep lash extensions

Lash technicians may perform eyelash tinting, perming, and lifting (curling). They also:

  • Provide advice on false lashes and products that extend the life of lashes
  • Shape eyebrows and apply extensions
  • Apply facial makeup
  • Offer microblading as a specialty service

Eyelash extensions come in various lengths, thicknesses, curls, and colours. They may be made of synthetic silk, faux mink, horsehair, human hair, or other synthetic and natural materials. 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. Horsehair is lighter and softer than synthetics but may trigger allergic reactions.

Types of lash extensions include:

  • Premade or handmade fans or band eyelashes
  • Clusters or flares
  • Volume lashes

Premade and handmade fans 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 1 to 2 weeks.

Classic lashes are single extensions applied to each natural eyelash. Volume lashes involve attaching a cluster of two or more lashes to each natural lash. This requires further training. With proper care and maintenance, volume lashes may last 4 to 6 weeks.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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 Mar 31, 2020

Lash technicians need:

  • Artistic talent
  • Good hand-eye co-ordination
  • Good vision and depth perception
  • Steady hands with good finger dexterity
  • Attention to detail
  • Professionalism
  • Accuracy and consistency
  • Preparedness and time-management skills
  • Endurance and patience
  • Multitasking skills
  • Excellent customer-service skills

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

There are no standard educational requirements for lash technicians. However, when seeking employment, a high school diploma and related training as a certified makeup artist or esthetician are considered assets. Employers prefer to hire lash technicians with professional certification in eyelash extensions and at least one year of experience or a portfolio of their previous work. Experience in a retail environment is helpful.

In Alberta, eyelash extension technician training and certification is offered by many private schools. 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.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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 work on an hourly or 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 is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industry listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

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, 2020

Lash technicians’ earnings range widely depending on location, employer, services offered, and the technician’s reputation. There may be fixed rates for each set of eyelash extensions applied, so earnings can vary with the type and number of applications performed each day. Some technicians receive hourly or daily rates.

In a spa setting, lash technicians can earn $25 to $35 per hour (2019 estimate). Self-employed technicians may charge $50 and hour or more, depending on their proficiency and speed.

Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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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)
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, 2020. 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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