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Skincare specialists provide treatments, such as peels, masks, or scrubs, to remove dead or dry skin.

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Quick Facts: Skincare Specialists
2022 Median Pay $38,060 per year
$18.30 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary nondegree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs 2022 82,000
Job Outlook, 2022-23 9% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2022-23 7,500

What Skincare Specialists Do

Skincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance. 

Work Environment

Skincare specialists usually work in salons and beauty and health spas. Some also work in medical offices. Although most work full time, many work evenings and weekends. This is particularly true for self-employed workers who run their own salons.

How to Become a Skincare Specialist

Skincare specialists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or esthetician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require. Newly hired specialists sometimes receive on-the-job training, especially when working with chemicals.


The median hourly wage for skincare specialists was $14.55 in May 2016.

Job Outlook

Employment of skincare specialists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The desire among many women and a growing number of men to reduce the effects of aging will result in employment growth. Good job opportunities are expected.

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What They Do ->

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Skincare Specialists,
on the Internet at (visited May 01, 2017).

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016: 39-5094 Skincare Specialists