How to become a Beauty Therapist

Beauty therapists apply face and body treatments, and provide advice about skin care and cosmetics.

Personal requirements of a Beauty Therapist

  • Neat personal appearance at all times No allergies to beauty products Pleasant and tactful when dealing with customers Interest in people Good hand-eye coordination Sensitive when dealing with clients for body and facial treatments

Education & Training for a Beauty Therapist

To become a beauty therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in beauty therapy. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a beauty therapist through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$632

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.1%

NSW 32.3%

NT 1%

QLD 18.7%

SA 5.2%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 24.7%

WA 14.7%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 1.2%

Proportion of female workers 98.9%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 5.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 8.1%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 27.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 41.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 17.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 59%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 40.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Before selecting a course, check with a number of potential employers to make sure that the course meets their requirements. Employers are less likely to consider people who have completed a short course or who have qualifications that are not recognised by the industry. Beauty therapists with nationally accredited qualifications may work throughout Australia. Working as a sales assistant in a pharmacy or retail store can provide relevant experience and familiarity with products for those wishing to train as beauticians or beauty therapists.
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