Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related Workers

(NOC 6562)

in All Sales and Service

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

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 25 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate -505 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 6125 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all 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 remain largely the same over the next few years. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Estheticians, Electrologists, and Related Workers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. 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 45% 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)

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$14.00

Median

$23.08

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,100

Minimum

$13,710

Median

$32,424

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$18.36

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

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

Job duties

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 make-up 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, or 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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,270

employed in 2016

64.2%

employed full-time

36.6%

self employed

90.6%
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9.4%
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33

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

56.4%

employed full-time

5.8%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

51.0%

Halifax

14.7%

North Shore

14.3%

Annapolis Valley

11.2%

Cape Breton

8.8%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

85.1%

Other services (except public administration)

12.6%

Retail trade

2.3%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

What is the age of Employment?

39.0%

25-34

21.0%

35-44

20.0%

15-24

12.0%

45-54

5.0%

55-64

4.0%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

30.0%

15-24

17.2%

45-54

17.2%

25-34

16.1%

55-64

13.8%

35-44

Top levels of education

45.3%

College certificate or diploma

$13,778 median annual income
31.9%

Trades certificate

$15,120 median annual income
8.3%

High school

$12,438 median annual income
6.7%

Bachelor's degree

$9,838 median annual income
5.1%

Less than high school

$14,288 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

39.8%

High school

$15,705 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$9,866 median annual income
19.5%

College certificate or diploma

$20,644 median annual income
9.9%

Bachelor's degree

$21,262 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$21,234 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Aesthetician/esthetician and skin care specialist

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

CBBC Career College Inc. - Sydney Campus

315 Jamieson Street

Sydney, NS B1N 2P7

(902) 564-2222

Academy of Cosmetology

363 Windmill Road

Dartmouth, NS B3A 1J2

(902) 469-7788

Hair Design Centre Limited

278 Lacewood Drive

Halifax, NS B3M 3N8

(902) 455-0535

Hair Masters

26 Archibald Avenue

North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3

(902) 794-2460

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology

77 Crescent Drive, Suite 4

New Minas, NS B4N 3G7

(902) 365-3933

CBBC Career College Inc. - Halifax Campus

1046 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS B3H 2R1

(902) 334-1849

Cosmetology and related personal grooming services - Other

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Services.

Institutions providing this program

Eastern Esthetics Career College

19 Crane Lake Drive

Halifax, NS B3S 1B5

(902) 450-2160

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology

77 Crescent Drive, Suite 4

New Minas, NS B4N 3G7

(902) 365-3933

Cosmetology/cosmetologist - General

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

CBBC Career College Inc. - Sydney Campus

315 Jamieson Street

Sydney, NS B1N 2P7

(902) 564-2222

Hair Masters

26 Archibald Avenue

North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3

(902) 794-2460

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

CBBC Career College Inc. - Halifax Campus

1046 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS B3H 2R1

(902) 334-1849

Makeup artist/specialist

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Academy of Cosmetology

363 Windmill Road

Dartmouth, NS B3A 1J2

(902) 469-7788

Hair Design Centre Limited

278 Lacewood Drive

Halifax, NS B3M 3N8

(902) 455-0535

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

Nail technician/specialist and manicurist

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Hair Masters

26 Archibald Avenue

North Sydney, NS B2A 2W3

(902) 794-2460

Eastern Esthetics Career College

19 Crane Lake Drive

Halifax, NS B3S 1B5

(902) 450-2160

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology

77 Crescent Drive, Suite 4

New Minas, NS B4N 3G7

(902) 365-3933

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

Contacts

Canadian Organization of Professional Electrologists
Box 402
Lundbreck, AB T0K 1H0
Tel: (403) 628-3522
Health Canada
Address Locator 0900C2
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Tel: (866) 225-0709
Fax: (613) 941-5366

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