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Beauty Therapist

Make people feel beautiful inside and out by providing a range of treatments and therapies.

What's it like to be a Beauty Therapist?

Beauty Therapists provide a range of non-medical face, body and relaxation treatments customised to a client’s needs, and recommend appropriate products and after-care.

Beauty Therapist

Tasks and duties

  • Conducting skin analysis, manicures and pedicures
  • Performing facial or body massage and treatments
  • Removing facial or body hair through waxing or electrolysis
  • Applying make-up and advising clients on make-up application techniques
  • Making appointments, maintaining client records and handling financial transactions
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Some Beauty Therapists may choose to specialise in a particular stream of treatments, however most will perform a variety of tasks during a typical working day.

Beauty Therapists may work in a salon or spa. Other job opportunities for Beauty Therapists include working for cosmetic companies in a retail environment, or self-employment operating a private salon or mobile service.

What can I earn as a Beauty Therapist?

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How to become a Beauty Therapist


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To work as a Beauty Therapist, a formal qualification such as Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (SHB40115) is required.

  1. Complete a qualification such as a Certificate III in Beauty Services (SHB30115) or a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (SHB40115) at a TAFE institution.
  2. Gain hands-on work experience, either during a practical component of a TAFE course, or external to study.
  3. Explore opportunities for further study, such a Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SHB50115), and to specialise in a particular stream, or consider moving into a management role.

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Diploma of Beauty Therapy

This qualification will prepare you to provide a range of beauty therapy treatments and services as a Beauty Therapist.

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Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy

This certificate provides the skills and knowledge to provide beauty therapy treatments and services to clients.

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Certificate III in Beauty Services

This certificate gives you the skills to prepare for a role as a beautician providing a range of beauty services.

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Latest Beauty Therapist reviews

Latest reviews from 50 Beauty Therapists surveyed on SEEK
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Apr 2021
Beauty therapy can be rewarding but comes with sacrifice
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Beauty Therapy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Full Service Salon
The good things
The relationships you build with your clientele; Getting to interact with people in your community, of all different ages and backgrounds. Mostly women but depending where you live and work men are al...
The challenges
Almost exclusively casual work available when you’re working in traditional beauty or spa roles. You have to work weekends usually a Saturday sometimes Sunday’s, forever. Late night at least one nig...
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May 2021
My industry is great. To all newcomers I would say don’t stay in any salon where you aren’t happy. You can always work for yourself!
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Beauty Therapy
The good things
Making people relaxed and happy. Enjoyable work
The challenges
The public can be exhausting. Work can be physically tiring.
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