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Beauty therapists undertake a range of therapeutic facial and body care treatments and aim to improve their clients’ appearance and well-being. Their skills are required by both women and men. They apply and sell make-up, skincare and other cosmetic products, treat skin conditions and provide Future Growth Very Strong beauty treatments such as electrolysis, massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing and spa therapy. They may also undertake some administrative work and should keep records of clients' treatments.


ANZSCO description:
4511 Provides skin analyses, facial therapies, skincare treatments and body treatments such as massage to clients.

Alternative names: Beautician, Paramedical Aesthetician, Pedicurist
, Beauty Therapist,

Specialisations: Beauty Consultant, Electrologist (Hair Remover), Manicurist, Nail Technician

Beautician
A beautician provides waxing, manicure, pedicure, eyelash and brow tinting and make-up application services.

Beauty Consultant
A beauty consultant an experienced senior sales assistant who promotes one or more brands of cosmetic products in department stores and pharmacies by providing advice on the purchase and application of cosmetics.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

Beauty therapists need:

  • a friendly and caring demeanour
  • a well-groomed appearance
  • an interest in people
  • good stamina - therapists need to stand for long periods
  • an eye for detail
  • to be sensitive to clients' needs

Duties and Tasks

Beauty therapists may perform the following tasks:Beauty Spa

  • carry out skin analysis and give advice about skin and body care
  • perform facial or body massage and/or aromatherapy treatment
  • analyse body type and advise on exercise programs and nutrition
  • use a variety of treatments and electrical equipment to treat individual skin and body conditions
  • remove facial and body hair by electrolysis or waxing
  • provide advice and support to clients following cosmetic surgery
  • recognise problems and refer clients to medical practitioners such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, endocrinologists, podiatrists, chiropractors and physiotherapists
  • apply make-up
  • perform manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and eyelash and brow tinting
  • perform reception duties (such as receive bookings and arrange appointments)
  • maintain client records
  • provide advice on and sell cosmetic products and related beauty equipment.


Working conditions

Beauty therapists may work in department stores offering cosmetic and beauty-related therapies, beauty salons where they may specialise in one or a range of therapies, from home or as a mobile beauty therapist providing services in clients’ homes. Some beauty therapists may work part-time.

Tools and technologies

Beauty therapists work with a range of products including waxes, gels, lotions, balms and creams. They may apply these to their clients on treatment tables, chairs or couches. They may also use electrolysis and ultrasonic equipment, vaporisers, magnifying glasses and exfoliating machines. For manicure and pedicure treatments they may use acrylic nails, scissors, files, buffing and polishing equipment. This is usually stored at individual nail stations. They may also use massage chairs or tables.

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a beauty therapist you usually need to complete a formal qualification in a beauty related area.

The Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care, Certificate II in Nail Technology, Certificate III in Beauty Services and Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy are widely available at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Australia.

You can become a beauty therapist by completing a traineeship in beauty services or beauty therapy. The beauty services traineeship usually takes 18 months to complete. The beauty therapy traineeship usually takes 36 months to complete.



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