Why Skin Care (Esthetics)?

A Growing Profession

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Past Growth - In 2014, spas received 176 million client visits according to the International SPA Association's 2015 industry report. The number reflects a 6.7% increase over the prior year.**

Future Growth - The United States Department of Labor projects that employment opportunities for skin care specialists will grow faster than average from 2014 to 2024.*

Increasing Consumer Demand - Baby boomers are turning increasingly to the skin care industry to fight the effects of aging. Younger women, as well as a growing number of men, are seeking to mitigate the effects of aging early on and lead a healthier lifestyle through better grooming.*

Increasing Consumer Awareness - The spa industry is reaching new consumers by packaging services for targeted audiences, including pregnant women, men, couples, brides, teens, and others who might not have thought about getting skin care services in the past.

A World of Opportunity

Skin care offers a wide variety of career opportunities:

Day Spas - Days spas enable skin care professionals to work in spa settings close to home.

Resort Spas - Resort and destination spas offer skin care professionals the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

Cruise Ships - Cruise ships operate world-class spas at sea and give skin care professionals the opportunity to travel the world while they work.

Clinical Setting - Skin care professionals have the opportunity to work with dermatologists and plastic surgeons, both cosmetic and reconstructive. Some work in private practice and others in medispas, performing advanced treatments such as chemical peels, microcurrent, ultrasonic treatments, and microdermabrasion. Skin care professionals also prepare the skin for non-invasive treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments, and provide clients with pre- & post-operative care.***

Bridal Business - The bridal business is a growing segment of the spa industry and more and more spas and salons are offering packages for such special occasions. Services may include facials, hair removal, body treatments, and makeup application.

Makeup Artists - Some states require an esthetics license to become a makeup artist, whether working in a salon or private practice, or doing makeup for movies, television, or modeling agencies.

Skin Care Industry - Skin care professionals may use their knowledge and training to become product developers, product buyers, product educators, equipment trainers, and more.

Private Practice - Skin care professionals can enjoy the freedom and independence of working as an independent contractor for an establishment or by opening a clinic space of their very own.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition
**2015 U.S. Spa Industry Study, International SPA Association
***The Maryland State Board of Cosmetology does not permit estheticians to perform advanced medical treatments.