Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations (NOC 6562)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum Not published
Median 13.40$
Maximum 19.00$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
15,000
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Nature of work

Workers in this unit group provide facial and body treatments designed to enhance an individual's physical appearance. They are employed in beauty salons, electrolysis studios, scalp treatment and hair replacement clinics and other similar establishments and in cosmetic departments of retail establishments such as pharmacies and department stores, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties

  • The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • - Estheticians give facial and other body treatments using specialized products and techniques.
  • - Cosmeticians advise customers on the use of make-up and other beauty products and apply make-up to customers; may specialize in applying makeup to models or other individuals for special occasions.
  • - Electrologists remove unwanted hair permanently from client's face or body using needle only specialized electrical hair removal equipment, laser and other equipment.
  • - Continued…
  • - Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape and polish fingernails and toenails and provide related treatments.
  • - Scalp treatment specialists apply medicated lotions to treat scalp conditions and hair loss.
  • - Tattoo artists apply permanent designs to customer's skin, using electric needles and chemical dyes; may also apply temporary designs to customer's skin.
  • - Hair replacement technicians (non-medical) prepare and apply custom-made hair pieces to customer's scalp, weave customer's hair to hair pieces and provide scalp treatments.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of high school, college or beauty school programs for cosmeticians, estheticians, electrologists, manicurists and pedicurists is required or On-the-job training is provided.
  • * Electrologists usually require certification from an electrologist's educational or training institution.
  • * Membership in a provincial or national electrolysis association may be required.
  • * Completion of a registered dermal therapy program may be required to provide electrology laser and vascular treatments.
  • * Estheticians usually require certification from an esthetician's educational or training institution.
  • * Apprenticeship for electrologists, estheticians and nail technicians is available in Manitoba. Trade certification for these occupations is compulsory in that province.
  • * A business license is required for workers in this group who are owners/operators of businesses offering these services.
  • * Practitioners offering these personal services are required to adhere to infection control procedures.

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