Beauty Therapist

Job Description:

Beauty therapists provide face and body treatments to help clients look and feel better.

Job Category:
Retail & Consumer

What you will do:

In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • give a facial by cleansing, massaging and toning a client’s skin
  • do a makeover by applying and advising on make-up
  • shape eyebrows and colour eyelashes
  • give a manicure, pedicure or other nail treatment like extensions and nail art
  • remove unwanted facial and body hair
  • do non-surgical skin improvement treatments
  • offer ultraviolet (UV) treatments and spray tanning


You’ll need:

  • the ability and knowledge to perform beauty procedures
  • the ability to sell products and services (creativity)
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • customer service skills to put clients at ease
  • sensitivity and understanding towards your clients’ needs
  • the ability to work well with your hands for giving treatments
  • excellent verbal communication skills to explain treatments
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by private training providers


In the UK, for example, you could study for a:

  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • Level in Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics


You can do an intermediate or advanced beauty therapist apprenticeship.

These typically take between 15 and 18 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.


You could start out as a beauty therapy assistant in a salon or spa. You could then study for a qualification while you’re working.

Other Routes

You could also train with a private beauty school.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-40 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends as customers demand.

You could work in a salon, at a health spa, on a cruise ship, in a hotel or from home. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could progress to salon manager.

You could become self-employed and get your own salon, work from home or travel to clients.

You could also move into fashion, theatre or media make-up.