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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 this could be in a high street salon, a beauty clinic, health spa, hotel or on a cruise ship

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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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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