So You Want to Become an Esthetician: 5 Things to Consider

According to a recent article, esthetician’s ranked #7 on the list of highest paid jobs in the beauty industry, with many making close to six figures. A career as an esthetician also has many opportunities when it comes to skillset—including services such as facials, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, body wraps, and more. So if you are passionate about skincare, read on for five things you should know before getting started on your new career.


  1. Requirements to become an esthetician vary by state, but almost every state requires at least 600 work hours. Plan on it taking around 6 months to get your license if it's done full time.
  2. The best estheticians are able to keep things calm, positive, and supportive so clients can relax and enjoy their treatments. Active listening is also important so you are able to problem-solve skincare issues, and staying on top of the latest beauty trends is a must. A little ambition goes a long way too since building a loyal customer base and a thriving business takes dedication.
  3. Find a mentor. This can be a game-changer when it comes to your business. The experience a mentor can offer is invaluable, and research shows you are more likely to succeed if you have one. From business matters to networking opportunities, they’ll provide a strong sounding board for anything that comes your way.
  4. Partner with a great skincare line that aligns with your philosophies. Finding a professional skincare line is easy, but finding one that will not only improve your client's skin, but the environment and your business as well is next-level stuff. There are skincare brands that will help your esthetic business from every angle including education, customer experience, and marketing, all while offering an all-natural approach to skincare.
  5. Make sure you can make money. Sounds simple right? But really knowing how to succeed is important to your success. Establishing a business plan will help you understand the numbers before you invest, set proper pricing, and give you a clear picture of what you need to do to make money from both services offered and retails sales. Creating a business plan is not a step you should skip.