Aesthetician : A job with prospects.

 

What is an aesthetician ?

Even though the definition of the profession differs from one country to an other, one can define an aesthetician (or beautytherapist) as a professional of beauty (women represent more than 95% of aestheticians) who implements the various techniques of manual and mechanical cares aiming at embellishing and maintaining the face and body. The cares which are carried out are not curative.

She also recommends rules of hygiene, of healthy life to her clients and see to it that they feel well from a physical and moral point of view.

After carefully analysing the personality and problems of her client, the aesthetician must be wise enough not to start treatments which go beyond the bounds of her profession (if needs be, she must recommend her client to consult a specialist).

Finally, the aesthetician is qualified in cosmetology. This means that she is able to recommend appropriate beauty products to her client.

From a legal point of view, the aesthetician is a physical or moral person who delivers beauty cares to the skin of the face, hand, feet or other areas of the body. She therefore uses techniques or products which are only meant to maintain or improve the aesthetic aspect of the human being.

It goes without saying that these complex tasks cannot be carried out without a serious training.

 

Training and diplomas

We do not have enough place to detail the various training networks, which differ from one country to another : state-owned schools, private schools, secondary schools, higher schools, social advancement training, training given by the ministries, etc. All of these training types have their own features.

In a profession which keeps evolving however, it is important for any would-be aesthetician to find a serious training in which (s)he will be taught the professional and human qualities that are required to practice this job.

That is why the International Federation of Aestheticians - which was born 20 years ago - is above all active in the field of training.

Professional perspectives

 

Classical aesthetics

An aesthetician can work either as a self-employed worker or as an employee in a beauty salon, hairdressing salon, perfume shop or even in department stores, spas of sea water therapy centres, fitness centres, pharmacies or even at home.

As a matter of fact, working in a beauty salon is the most targeted prospect at the start of the studies. However, this often remains a dream that is difficult to materialise, since it requires a big investment in energy and good will, both during the studies and active life.

The sector of beauty salons is nonetheless in full expansion. In most of beauty salons, the aesthetician works alone.

New jobs and prospects

Initially, the activity of the beautician was limited to the beauty salon if not to the treatment room. The evolution of the life styles have led to the appearance of new roles that go well beyond the initial mission of the aesthetician. Aestheticians are already to be found in various departments of hospitals (geriatric units, psychiatry, maternity hospitals, plastic surgery departments, chemotherapy units, ...), in jails, ...

Nadine Salembier, President of the INFA, and her staff have carried these projects through to a successful conclusion. Rigorous training curricula have been prepared by experts, for each subject matter involved.