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Employment Outlook

Beauty Therapist

Beauty Therapists provide facial therapies, skin-care treatments and body treatments such as massage to clients, as well as professional advice on how to improve the skin.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 36,100 people are currently employed as Beauty Therapists in Australia. This has a strong growth projection and is set to increase to 42,800 people by 2023, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

38.6% of all Beauty Therapists are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Beauty Therapists is TAS, ACT, with only 1% each.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 4.5% of Beauty Therapists being male and 95.5% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Beauty Therapists is 25-34 years old, with 38.9%. A small percentage (2.3%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Beauty Therapists, with 19.9% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Beauty Therapists work an average of 38.2 hours a week compared to all jobs average of 40 hours. 

Education Level

The majority of Beauty Therapists have a Advanced Diploma/Diploma qualification (49.5%) or are at a Certificate III/IV level (37.6%). 87.1% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 12.9% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Beauty Therapist Duties & Tasks

  • Application of make-up and spray tans
  • Booking appointments, maintaining client records and answering phone queries
  • Evaluating an individual’s skin and beauty needs and recommend appropriate treatments
  • Performing a range of beauty treatments including facials, body massage, manicures, pedicures and eyelash tinting
  • Providing beauty advice to clients
  • Selling cosmetics and other beauty related products
  • Using a variety of specialised equipment



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.