What Do Beauty Therapists Do?
What is the Beauty Industry
What qualifications do I need?
The qualifications you need will depend upon where you want your beauty career to take you. However, a great starting point is the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy. Delivered online, this course will develop your skills so you can deliver a full range of services, including skincare treatments, pedicures and manicures, massages, and waxing.
However, the preferred qualification to operate as a beauty therapist is the Diploma of Beauty Therapy. The course focusses on facial and body massage, hair removal, spa treatments, lash and brow treatments, nail technology, make-up, and aromatherapy. It will also equip you to provide advice on beauty treatments and services, as well as selling retail skincare and cosmetic products.
If you wish to seek a leadership or management role within the industry, it is highly recommended you undertake a Diploma of Salon Management. This course will teach you marketing techniques, training and recruitment and customer service.
For those wanting double the qualifications, there is a Double Diploma of Beauty Therapy and Salon Management for the taking. And if you wish to focus on nail technology, the Certificate II andCertificate III courses can equip you.
“If you enjoy being creative, meeting new people and making them feel great about themselves, then a career in the beauty industry could be the job for you.”
Where will my career take me?
The beauty industry has been growing rapidly in recent years. In fact, Australians currently spend $100 billion per year on looking good [i]. The number of beauty therapy jobs in Australia is expected to increase by more than 50 per cent between 2012 and 2018.
Once you have your qualifications, you could find yourself working in a range of different places. The more traditional route involves working in a professional beauty salon which can be located anywhere from your local shopping centre to a large department store.
If you like travelling, then working in a resort or a cruise ship may take your fancy. If you like the spa environment without the travel component, then a day spa close to home might be preferable.
For those of you who aspire to manage, you can work your way up from spa coordinator to assistant manager or salon manager — or even strike out in your own business. You could work from home or start a mobile business. There are also opportunities in treatment development and in-house training in both product and spa brands.
As you can see the possibilities are endless, so if your dream is to work as a beauty expert, there’s never been a better time to get qualified.