With over 24,000 beauty therapists currently employed in Australia, Beauty Therapy is proving to be one of the most rewarding and popular personal service areas to work in.
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Employment in the Beauty Therapy Industry
- The area of beauty therapy is expected to grow strongly in employment over the next 5 years (to 2019) by 26%. That is, around 10,000-25,000 more jobs are expected to open up in that timeframe.
- According to the 2015 Australian Jobs Report, around half (51.2%) of beauty therapists employed in Australia work part-time and less (48.8%) work full-time. Hence, there may be a good chance you will be required to take on part-time work if you cannot find full-time employment.
- Almost all beauty therapists (99%) are women, with the average age group being 25-34 years. If you’re male, however, or if you older or younger, don’t let it deter you. With the right training, anyone can become a beauty therapist!
- NSW, VIC and QLD (respectively) have the highest employment rates for beauty therapists in the country. However, that’s not to say that finding work elsewhere is not possible.
How to Start Training as a Beauty Therapist
- Around half of all employed beauty therapists have a Diploma or an Advanced Diploma in Beauty Therapy. Others have a Certificate III or IV. All of these are great course options that can provide you with the qualifications to work in the beauty industry.
- Some (but not all) Diploma beauty therapy courses also require that you complete Year 12 of high school before entering the course and that you also have a Certificate IV. Keep this in mind if you plan on becoming a beauty therapist and always check the prerequisites of your desired course before enrolling.
- You can learn more about a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy here.
How Much Beauty Therapists Earn
- Full-time beauty therapists can earn around $850 a week or (if on a salary), $37,000 per year. The average full-time work week for beauty therapists is about 40 hours.
- Accordingly, a part-time beauty therapist working 20 hours a week could expect to make about $425/week.
What Else Could You Study in the Beauty Field?
Any current or budding beauty therapist can also study a variety of other courses that relate to the beauty business. For example, you could study a course in:
All of these courses can help you upgrade your skills and improve your chances of employment in the industry. Remember, it’s all about learning as much as you can and gaining the qualifications you need to support your career!
What Other Skills Do Beauty Therapists Need?
In addition to amazing beauty talents, you’ll also need a range of other skills if you want to work in the beauty industry. These include:
- Top-notch customer service skills, as you’ll be dealing with customers all day!
- Basic reception/admin skills that mean you can take calls, schedule appointments and manage customer information, whether using a book or a computer system
- Money/cash handling skills so that you can process payments
- Good capacity for using technical instruments, such as electrolysis machines
- Good sales/promotional skills so you can sell yourself, your products or your salon!
TAFEs and colleges are wonderful places to gain a qualification in Beauty and equip you with the skills and hands-on experience you need to enter the work force. To learn more, visit our beauty courses page here.