Over 30,000 people work as beauty therapists in the UK and it is a growing industry. Therapists within the beauty industry provide a service to people in order to improve aspects of their face and bodies. The types of procedures they carry out include:
• Eyebrow and eyelash shaping and colouring
• Hair removal e.g. waxing, sugaring and depilation
• Massage including aromatherapy
• Manicures and pedicures
• Nail art and extensions
• Body art
• Electrical treatments to improve the appearance of the skin
• Cosmetic make up
• Tanning treatments
Beauty therapists can choose from a large number of workplaces such as beauty salons, health spas, fitness clubs, cruise ships, hotels and health farms. Some work for themselves, as mobile beauty therapists.
Qualities a therapist in the Beauty industry need include good interpersonal skills, stamina (they may be on their feet all day), artistic flair – particularly if the job includes make-up and nail art, and commercial awareness, since they are often required to sell products to clients in order to earn a commission.
Training is usually a full or part time course at college to gain an NVQ, but there is also a need for on the job training since products and techniques are constantly changing and it’s essential to stay up to date with these.
Prospects are good with one career path being into management, lecturing, working as a rep for a beauty product manufacturer or specialising in an area such as make up to become a make-up artist. Some may move into providing complimentary therapies such as Indian Head massage, stress management,reflexology, Reiki and aromatherapy.Read more at Rotorua Beauty
Starting salaries for beauty therapists is around the £9000 per annum mark when first qualified. After a few years experience this generally rises to £13000 or more and a move to senior level or management will see a pay rise to £20,000.
The hours of work are 37-40 and will include weekends and bank holidays. Many beauty therapists work part-time however and there is the possibility of flexibility in the hours of work, with some preferring to work in the evenings.