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How to Become a Beauty Therapist - Career Salaries, Job Stats & Education

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Thinking of a Career as a Beauty Therapist?

If you’d like to work as a Beauty Therapist providing therapy treatments in a beauty salon, here is everything you wanted to know about this exciting profession. Beauty services are a great place for the self-starting business entrepreneur to make their mark for their clients and with the right study and training behind you – you can be a success in any one of many exciting areas of beauty therapy.

Beauty Therapy Careers


The graph shows historical and projected (to 2020) employment levels (thousands) for this occupation.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website. ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and projections to 2020.

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Beauty Therapists is expected to be between 10,001 and 25,000. Job openings include employment growth as well as turnover. This is defined as people leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce.

Employment for this occupation rose strongly in the past five years and also rose strongly in the last ten years. Looking forward, employment for Beauty Therapists to November 2020 is expected to grow very strongly. Beauty Therapy careers are on the rise!

Beauty Therapist Salary


Source: *Job Outlook Government website.

Beauty Therapists in Australia earn an average of $813 per week at full-time hours. Part-time they can expect to earn $632 per week within Australia.

Payscale.com lists the average pay for this occupation (with five years’ experience, working in Sydney) as around $18.46 - $26.83 per hour, or $37,723 - $56,334 per year. Salaries vary depending on where you are located, and your level of current job experience. These figures are a guide only, enter in your personal details to find more accurate information.

Full-time or Part-Time Beauty Therapist?


The graph shows the average weekly hours (by gender and full-time and part-time) worked for Beauty Therapists, compared with all occupations. Jobs in Beauty Therapy may be full-time, part-time or casual. Beauty Services can also be supplied as contracted work. This is a generally flexible career path, with many options for different working hours including 9-5, weekends, evenings and out-of-hours work. 

Source: *Job Outlook Government website ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average.

Beauty Therapy Age Profile: How Old is the Average Beauty Professional?


The data above shows the share of employment in percentage by age profile, when compared against all other occupations. Beauty Therapists are well represented in each age category, with highest representation in the 35-54 age bracket, with around 45% of workers in this age group. 14.5% of Beauty Technicians are older than 55 while 5.5% are younger than age 19.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average.

Beauty Professional Education Levels


Available data for Beauty Therapy shows that the highest educational attainment achieved by most people working in this profession as being an Advanced Diploma or Diploma, with 41.3% of the total. 27.5% of Beauty Therapy workers held a Certificate III or Certificate IV.

Source: *Job Outlook Government website ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average.

Great Employment Prospects in Related Beauty industries

According to the Beauty Industry Analysis 2016 - Cost & Trends Report:

“The beauty industry is known to be resistant to economic downturns, even faring well during GFC in 2008. While consumers tend to be more price conscious during those times, they do not stop spending. So in today’s environment of rising per capita incomes the beauty business is booming.”

“In 2016 the industry generated $56.2 billion. Hair care is the largest segment with 86,000 locations. Skin care is a close second and growing fast, expected to have revenue of almost $11 billion by 2019. This growth is being driven in part by a generally increasing awareness of the importance of skin care, but also specifically due to an increase in the market for men.”

Beauty Therapy Courses: What Beauty Qualification Do You Need?

Diploma of Beauty Therapy

Set yourself apart from the pack by becoming a trusted expert with a thorough knowledge of beauty techniques. Learn to perform the full range of beauty therapies ranging from facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing, to spa experiences like Indian head massage, and more in-demand, advanced treatments like microdermabrasion.

Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

An ideal entry into the world of beauty, this is a comprehensive course that will give you a firm grounding in the principals of Beauty Therapy, so you can speak and act with authority on both treatments and products. This hands-on course gets you job-ready so that when you finish, you can walk straight into a job as a Beauty Therapist.

Certificate in Beauty Therapy

You will be trained in beauty salon services such as facial treatments, make-up design and application, massage and other body treatments. The benefits of aromatherapy are addressed and you will learn the correct procedures for performing manicures and pedicures, applying nail art and enhancements, and undertaking lash and brow treatments.

Certificate III in Nail Technology

With Certificate III in Nail Technology you will learn the very latest state-of-the art techniques from Beauty Therapy industry professionals, so you can offer your clients the high-quality services that will mark you as an in-demand Nail Technician. Learn to perform high-quality professional manicure and pedicure treatments and design and craft beautiful, fun and trendy nail art for discerning clients.

Why Study Beauty through Open Colleges?

Our Beauty Therapy courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility of organising your study around your life. You can enrol anytime of the year and study at your own pace. Read tips and interviews from 20 Australian Beauty Experts here.

Among other things, you'll learn how to work effectively in a retail environment and participate in environmentally sustainable work practices as you provide services to your clients.

You’ll also learn skills such as how to advise on beauty services, design and apply make-up or nail polishes (as you elect) and how to build relationships with customers. Watch this video about How To Apply Eyeliner Like a Professional.

Your course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualifications that can boost your chances of employment. Discover more about this profession with this infographic Your Career in the Beauty Industry.

Beauty Therapist Interview: Annie Burns, Senior Beauty Professional

Annie Burns

Owner/Senior Therapist @ Sanctum Body Skin Soul

Launceston, Tasmania

Tell us what a bit about your role in the Beauty industry

As a ‘spa’ therapist my role is a blend of beauty and massage therapy.  Originally training in diplomas of remedial massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and Chinese medicine, this means that I can offer my clients a more holistic approach to their wellbeing as well as keeping every day a mixture of treatments which helps my body (and mind!) cope with the demands of the role.

As a business owner – other than the usual day to day operational running, my role is to ensure that my industry is well presented at sanctum with a high level of client experience and that our treatments and services remain results driven at all times.  I also oversee all aspects of Sanctum as a business and a brand.

What do you do on a day to day basis?

Overall a day starts out with planning for the day ahead – looking at what treatments are booked in and making sure you have the products and equipment needed for each client. Once the treatment room is ready then it’s onto welcoming each client to the centre and performing any treatments booked in to the beauty salon.  

In between clients there are client notes to write up, stock lines to order and display, telephone and email enquiries to respond to and of course, plenty of cleaning to be done!

What are the best parts of the job as a Beauty Therapist?

The clients by far! If you are doing your job right, then you are building relationships with each of your clients and you become part of their lives.  You hear all about the good times and the bad, new jobs, old jobs, birthdays, marriages and babies on the way.

There are always new treatments for products to learn about and our view is that you should never stop learning regardless of how long you have been working.

What skills/attributes do potential beauty services employees need to have?

As a Beauty Technician, technical skills are a given – we recommend to get the highest qualification, such as a diploma, whenever possible.  Not only does it mean that the Therapist should have a more in-depth knowledge of a wider ranges of skills, but it can also mean the difference in gaining employment.

A good Therapist will be knowledgeable in the technical skills needed to perform their role – but a great Therapist will also hone their people skills.  We believe that someone will book in for a service but rebook for the Therapist. Jobs in Beauty Therapy are always interesting.

What’re your favourite things about working in the beauty industry?

Getting to play with some amazing products and the latest treatments is definitely a plus!

Meeting new people every day and welcoming back regular clients who have allowed you to become a part of their life.

Constantly learning and growing both as a beauty technician and a business owner.

Thanks, Annie, for sharing your story with Open Colleges. 

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