In Summary - Nail Technician / Manicurist
Offers a range of hand and foot nail treatments to clients.
Nail Technician / Manicurists typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Nail Technician / Manicurist
Nail technicians offer a range of nail treatments to clients. They also apply art and fashion to nails, by painting them in different styles and making them look healthy or fashionable.
Nail technicians also apply, repair and remove artificial nails or enhancements.
The work of a nail technician is to first find out what kind of treatment the client wants to have. This may include:
- Trimming, shaping and polishing nails
- Conditioning the skin around the nails using oils and creams
- Applying nail enhancements
- Doing repairs to enhancements
- Applying nail art techniques
- Giving hand, foot or arm massages to improve circulation
- Strengthening nails
- Giving treatments to help stop people biting their nails
Nail technicians also advise clients how to look after their nails and nail enhancements once they get home, and when they might need to have them checked or replaced again. They also repair any enhancements that might have been damaged, fill in any gaps in the surfaces of the nails and apply tips to the enhancements.
Duties include making sure that the equipment they use is kept clean and tidy and that they use the correct chemicals for the particular task.
Nail technicians might also help with reception duties, such as answering the telephone, making appointments and taking payments. They might also sell products to clients and have contact with nail product suppliers.
Nail technicians might work alone, or with other technicians, beauticians, hairdressers or therapists in a larger salon or depatment store environment.
Interests - Nail Technician / Manicurist
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.
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.
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.
As a nail technician you will need:
- An ability to get on well with people
- Friendly and tactful manner
- Good listening skills - you could spend up to two hours with one client
- Good hand-eye co-ordination
- Some artistic and creative ability
- Good hand skills to do small and detailed work
- Ability to keep up to date with changes in nail care techniques and products.
A smart appearance and understanding of the anatomy of nails, and the problems or diseases that can affect them is important inthis job role. Awareness of health, safety and hygiene, especially when dealing with different chemicals is also required.
For self-employed nail technicians, business and marketing skills are useful. Mobile nail technicians, who visit clients in their own homes will need a full driving licence.
Entry Requirements - Nail Technician / Manicurist
Professional nail care is a growing business. Nails have become a major fashion 'must have' and Nail technicians are in demand.
Some people choose to specialise in nail technology after qualifying in Beauty Therapy. It's important to choose a course leading to a recognised qualification e.g. ITEC accredited training course.
Level 4 and 5 Courses are offered at further education colleges - see PLC Course Search here.
Courses are also available at private beauty schools - see Fashion & Beauty Sector page
Last Updated: January, 2016
Pay & Salary - Nail Technician / Manicurist
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 29k
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 - Nail Technician / Manicurist
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