Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations (NOC 6562)

About this job

Workers in this group:

  • give facial and body treatments to improve an individual's physical appearance
  • work in beauty salons, electrolysis studios, scalp treatment and hair replacement clinics and other similar establishments
  • may work in cosmetic departments of retail establishments such as pharmacies and department stores
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • beautician / beauty care specialist
  • body piercer
  • consultant, skin care
  • hair removal specialist
  • manicurist / pedicurist
  • tattoo artist - henna / mehndi
  • beautician / beauty care specialist
  • body piercer
  • consultant, skin care
  • cosmetician / cosmetologist
  • esthetician
  • hair removal specialist


Annual provincial median salary


Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

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  • give facial and other body treatments using specialized products and techniques


  • teach customers how to use makeup and other beauty products
  • apply makeup to customers
  • may specialize in applying makeup to models or other individuals for special occasions


  • remove unwanted hair permanently from client's face or body using needle only, specialized electrical hair removal equipment, laser and other equipment

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
  • give scalp treatments

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor salon or studio environment.
  • Working with tools or instruments may be a source of injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to strong odours.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of high school, college or beauty school programs for cosmeticians, estheticians, electrologists, manicurists and pedicurists is required
    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.


  • Methodical
  • Numerical Ability
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Social
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Esthetics/Skin Care

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

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Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is little or no movement among the different occupations in this unit group without additional specialized training.

Additional resources

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