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Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related Workers

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NOC:6562
Occupation:Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related Workers
Category:Sales and Service

About the job

Nature of work:

These workers provide facial and body treatments designed to enhance an individual's physical appearance. They are employed in beauty salons, electrolysis studios, scalp treatment and hair replacement clinics and other similar establishments and in cosmetic departments of retail establishments such as pharmacies and department stores, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Estheticians give facial and other body treatments using specialized products and techniques.
  • Cosmeticians advise customers on the use of make-up and other beauty products and apply make-up to customers; may specialize in applying makeup to models or other individuals for special occasions.
  • Electrologists remove unwanted hair permanently from client's face or body using needle only specialized electrical hair removal equipment, laser and other equipment.
  • Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape, and polish fingernails and toenails and provide related treatments.
  • Scalp treatment specialists apply medicated lotions to treat scalp conditions and hair loss.
  • Tattoo artists apply permanent designs to customer's skin, using electric needles and chemical dyes; may also apply temporary designs to customer's skin.
  • Hair replacement technicians (non-medical) prepare and apply custom-made hair pieces to customer's scalp, weave customer's hair to hair pieces and provide scalp treatments.
Sample job titles:
  • beauty care specialist
  • cosmetologist
  • electrolysis technician
  • esthetician
  • hair removal specialist
  • manicurist
  • nail care technician
  • skin care consultant
  • skin care specialist
  • tattoo artist
Skills:

For this work, you must have good manual dexterity, imagination, and creativity. Good communication, organization, and interpersonal skills are definite assets. You should be tactful, patient, and able to follow directions closely. You must be in good health. Business skills are a definite asset.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of high school, college or beauty school programs for cosmeticians, estheticians, electrologists, manicurists and pedicurists is required or on-the-job training is provided.
  • Electrologists usually require certification from an electrologist's educational or training institution.
  • Membership in a provincial or national electrolysis association may be required.
  • Completion of a registered dermal therapy program may be required to provide electrology laser and vascular treatments.
  • Estheticians usually require certification from an esthetician's educational or training institution.
  • A business licence is required for workers in this group who are owners/operators of businesses offering these services.
  • Practitioners offering these personal services are required to adhere to infection control procedures.
Other considerations:

Self-employment is common for these jobs. Earnings for people in these jobs are often supplemented by tips or gratuities. Therefore, an individual's income will likely depend upon their ability to attract and maintain a group of clients. This work usually occurs in clean, pleasant surroundings with good lighting and comfortable temperatures. The work can be tiring and physically demanding. Workers must be on their feet for long periods of time. This work is often carried out during evenings and weekends, when spas are busiest. There is little or no mobility among the different jobs in this group without additional specialized training.

Tattoo artists and body piercers and modifiers are also included in this group, and most apprentice to learn the trade. However, there are very few regulations or guidelines for these jobs in the province and the apprenticeship process is informal.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related Workers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 48% of Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $20,763. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related Workers1,080Moderate growth35Low
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $23.81
Minimum: $2,100
Median: $13,710
Maximum: $32,424
Occupations in Sales and Service102,605Decline slightly5,260Moderate
Minimum: $10.70
Median: $12.50
Maximum: $21.17
Minimum: $2,949
Median: $16,629
Maximum: $45,086
Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Sales and Service
Percent employed full-time68%59%
Percent self-employed35%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentEstheticians, Electrologists, and Related WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern9%x12%$30,581
Northern15%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton11%x13%$32,974
Halifax50%$14,33047%$41,209
Annapolis Valley14%$11,60213%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeEstheticians, Electrologists, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Sales and Service
% Employed% Employed
15-2427%x
25-3435%36%
35-4419%29%
45-5411%x
55-647%21%
65+2%x
Median Age3337
GenderEstheticians, Electrologists, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Sales and Service
% Employed% Employed
Female91%60%
Male9%40%
EducationEstheticians, Electrologists, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Sales and Service
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school3.9%x18.8%$9,486
High school7.8%x40.4%$12,982
Trades certificate32.2%x8.0%$18,797
College certificate or diploma47.0%x19.9%$19,514
University certificate or diploma1.7%x1.6%$18,279
Bachelor's degree7.0%x10.0%$20,807
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.5%$15,716
Master's degreexx0.8%$20,769
Doctoratexx0.0%$17,318
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$17,368
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Cosmetologist
Right to Practice:This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.
Regulating body:
Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
(800) 765-8757
(902) 468-7147
Useful contacts:
Canadian Organization of Professional Electrologists
Box 402
Lundbreck, AB T0K 1H0
Tel: (403) 628-3522
tourond@telusplanet.net
Health Canada
Address Locator 0900C2
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Tel: (866) 225-0709
Fax: (613) 941-5366
Info@hc-sc.gc.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Aesthetician/esthetician and skin care specialist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to cleanse, depilate, massage, and beautify the human body and to function as licensed estheticians and skin care specialists. These programs include courses in skin anatomy, physiology, and health; principles of nutrition; decontamination and infection control; health and safety; facial and body massage; body wrapping and spa treatments; temporary hair removal including waxing and tweezing; colour and skin analysis; client consultation and care; applicable laws and regulations; business practices; and sometimes related alternative healing regimens.
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Cape Breton Business College
315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier
Sydney, NS B1N 3B1
(902) 564-2222
info@cbbc.ns.ca
Academy of Cosmetology
363 Windmill Road
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1J2
(902) 469-7788
academy@ns.sympatico.ca
Hair Design Centre Limited
278 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3M 3N8
(902) 455-0535
info@hairdesigncentre.com
Hair Masters
26 Archibald Avenue
North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3
(902) 794-2460
angelaiannetti@hotmail.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology
77 Crescent Drive, Suite 4
New Minas, NS B4N 3G7
(902) 365-3933
Victoria Court Career College
14 Court Street, Suite 101
Truro, NS B2N 3H7
(902) 843-3868
info@victoriacourtcareercollege.ca
Program Name:Cosmetology/cosmetologist - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to cut, trim, style, or remove scalp, facial, and body hair; apply cosmetic preparations; perform manicures and pedicures; massage the head and extremities; and prepare for practice as licensed cosmetologists in specialized or full-service salons. These programs include courses in hair cutting and styling, manicuring, pedicuring, facial treatments, shampooing, chemical applications, esthetics, shop management, sanitation and safety, customer service, and applicable professional and labour laws and regulations.
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Cape Breton Business College
315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier
Sydney, NS B1N 3B1
(902) 564-2222
info@cbbc.ns.ca
Hair Masters
26 Archibald Avenue
North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3
(902) 794-2460
angelaiannetti@hotmail.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Victoria Court Career College
14 Court Street, Suite 101
Truro, NS B2N 3H7
(902) 843-3868
info@victoriacourtcareercollege.ca
Program Name:Makeup artist/specialist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to professionally apply cosmetic makeup preparations and perform complete and specialized appearance makeovers including hairdressing, wig work, masking, temporary prosthesis applications, cosmetic applications, and related costuming for leisure or for professional stage, camera, clinical, or security purposes. These programs include courses in period and contemporary hairstyling and costuming; wig work and hairpiece application; synthetic hair and masks; cosmetic preparations and treatments; makeup artistry; attachment, removal, and camouflaging of prostheses; health and safety; client consultation and care; preproduction and postproduction operations; set and crew conduct and relations; script, instruction, and prescription interpretation; labour relations; and business practices.
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Academy of Cosmetology
363 Windmill Road
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1J2
(902) 469-7788
academy@ns.sympatico.ca
Hair Design Centre Limited
278 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3M 3N8
(902) 455-0535
info@hairdesigncentre.com
Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
Program Name:Nail technician/specialist and manicurist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to shape fingernails and toenails, remove unwanted skin and blemishes, apply polish and cosmetics to nails, and function as licensed manicurists or nail technicians/specialists. These programs include courses in manicuring theory; skin anatomy; nail growth, irregularities, and diseases; sterilization and sanitation; equipment and table maintenance; cuticle, blemish, and rough skin removal; nail filing, shaping, and polishing; cream application and extremity massage; nail sculpture and design art; product storage and use; customer service; laws and regulations; and business practices.
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Hair Masters
26 Archibald Avenue
North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3
(902) 794-2460
angelaiannetti@hotmail.ca
Eastern Esthetics Career College
19 Crane Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1B5
(902) 450-2160
kris@lcneast.com
Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology
77 Crescent Drive, Suite 4
New Minas, NS B4N 3G7
(902) 365-3933
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