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

Avg. weekly wage:


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:



below average

Gender split:

Male 1.2%

Female 98.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 5.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 27.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 41.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 17.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 59%

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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