In Summary - Beauty Therapist
Beauty Therapists typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Beauty Therapist
Beauty therapists aim to improve the appearance of their client's face and body, to make them look and feel better. They carry out such skills as manicure, pedicure, manual facials, waxing, makeovers and eye treatments.
The beauty therapist first talks to their client about the kind of treatment they want. This is called a consultation. The therapist uses the information the client has given them and their knowledge of the different types of treatment available to decide which treatment is best.
Beauty therapists work on all parts of the body. They do facials, using a range of products such as cleansers and toners. Often, electrical machines can be used.
They also do facial and full or part body massages. A full body massage includes the back, the legs and feet, the abdomen, the arms and hands, and the shoulders. They massage using their hands or special equipment. They may use aromatic essential oils.
Electrical equipment can be used for non-surgical facelifts - electric currents are used to stimulate the face muscles. Sometimes a client will ask for unwanted hair to be removed. The beauty therapist can do this using warm wax or sugar, or electrolysis.
Waxing and sugaring consist of applying the warm substance to the prepared area, allowing it to cool and then removing it, either by stripping, peeling or rubbing it away. Electrolysis is a method of removing hair permanently - the therapist inserts a fine needle into each hair follicle and switches on a low electric current. This destroys the hair root and prevents further growth.
Beauty therapists also do electrical treatments for slimming and toning, and give advice on exercise. Beauty therapists may specialise in the advanced use of electrical treatments, which can remove thread veins and skin blemishes.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Confer with stage or motion picture officials and performers in order to determine desired effects.
- Duplicate work precisely in order to replicate characters' appearances on a daily basis.
- Establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits.
- Apply makeup to enhance, and/or alter the appearance of people appearing in productions such as movies.
- Alter or maintain makeup during productions as necessary to compensate for lighting changes or to achieve continuity of effect.
- Select desired makeup shades from stock, or mix oil, grease, and coloring in order to achieve specific color effects.
- Cleanse and tone the skin in order to prepare it for makeup application.
- Assess performers' skin-type in order to ensure that make-up will not cause break-outs or skin irritations.
- Analyze a script, noting events that affect each character's appearance, so that plans can be made for each scene.
- Requisition or acquire needed materials for special effects, including wigs, beards, and special cosmetics.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Interests - Beauty Therapist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Personality, maturity, and a sympathetic nature, a well-groomed appearance and an ability to get on well with others are essential requirements for the job. You need to have good communication skills, so that you can listen carefully to what you customer wants and to explain the possible options that you can provide as a solution.
Good health is also essential as the work can be strenuous.
Entry Requirements - Beauty Therapist
Pay & Salary - Beauty Therapist
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 28k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Beauty Therapist
There is evidence of churn for this occupation from the recent job hires analysis. At present, there is a significant quantity of state-funded and private education and training in this area.
National Skills Bulletin 2018