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39-5094.00 - Skincare Specialists

Provide skincare treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance. Includes electrologists and laser hair removal specialists.

Sample of reported job titles: Aesthetician, Clinical Esthetician, Esthetician, Facialist, Lead Esthetician, Medical Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist, Skin Care Technician, Skin Care Therapist, Spa Technician

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Sterilize equipment and clean work areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine clients' skin, using magnifying lamps or visors when necessary, to evaluate skin condition and appearance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cleanse clients' skin with water, creams, or lotions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly and recommend skin-care regimens. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and apply cosmetic products such as creams, lotions, and tonics. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform simple extractions to remove blackheads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stay abreast of latest industry trends, products, research, and treatments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine which products or colors will improve clients' skin quality and appearance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat the facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance, using specialized techniques and products, such as peels and masks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Refer clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove body and facial hair by applying wax. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide facial and body massages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep records of client needs and preferences and the services provided. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply chemical peels to reduce fine lines and age spots. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise clients about colors and types of makeup and instruct them in makeup application techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collaborate with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to provide patients with preoperative and postoperative skin care. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sell makeup to clients. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air brushes — Airbrushing tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blackhead remover — Spoon extractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blanket or solution warmer cabinets — Wax heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cryosurgery equipment or accessories — Cryoprobes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dermatoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dry heat or hot air sterilizers — Dry heat sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Galvanic or faradic stimulators — Galvanic facial machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hair scissors — Facial hair scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High frequency electromagnetic wave stimulator — High frequency skin care machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lancets — Skin lancets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Skincare lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifiers — Skin magnification systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moist steam cabinet — Facial steamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Physical therapy massage table — Therapeutic massage tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories — Microdermabrasion machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Hair removal tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic therapy apparatus or supplies — Ultrasonic facial machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet sterilizer — Ultraviolet UV sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Visible light radiator — Light-emitting diode LED light therapy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Warming cabinets — Hot towel cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Spa management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply cleansing or conditioning agents to client hair, scalp, or skin. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer therapeutic massages. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess skin or hair conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sell products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain client information or service records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply solutions to hair for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Physical Proximity — 97% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 55% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 56% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 74% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 35% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 13% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 55% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 57% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 29% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 49% responded “Minor results.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
87   Post-secondary certificate Help
10   Some college, no degree
2   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: ESR

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $13.97 hourly, $29,050 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 44,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 21,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Skincare Specialists external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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