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Job Description

Beauty Therapists apply face and body treatments and advise on skin care to help make clients look and feel better about themselves. They will perform face or body massage and aromatherapy treatment.

Entry Requirements

To become a fully qualified beauty therapist, you’ll usually need to complete a level 2 or level 3 qualification in beauty therapy. 

You could start as an assistant in a salon or spa and study for qualifications on the job, or do a full-time or part-time college course while looking for work. 

You could also train with a private beauty school.

The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) has more information about careers in beauty therapy.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may find it useful to get professional recognition by joining a register like the Register of Beauty Professionals

Career Path and Progression

With experience you could progress to salon manager.

You could become self-employed and get your own salon, work from home or travel to clients.

You could also move into fashion, theatre or media make-up.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Aromatherapist
  • Beauty consultant
  • Body piercer
  • Podiatry assistant
  • Embalmer

Required Skills

  • A strong interest and flair for health and beauty
  • A friendly and outgoing personality
  • Keen awareness of health and safety
  • Good listener
  • Able to keep client information confidential
  • A professional approach, self motivated

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £20,000

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