Cosmetic Laser Training

Learn about the curriculum and options for esthetic laser training programs, as well as the job opportunities that laser training opens up for qualified and licensed cosmetologists or estheticians. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Cosmetic Laser Training Programs Can I Find?

Cosmetic laser training typically can be completed through an esthetic laser technician program or a more general esthetician training program. Some schools offer 100-hour specialized esthetic laser training programs, while more advanced general esthetician programs can take up to 1,200 course hours to complete.

In an esthetic laser training program, you can master laser procedures for removing unwanted scars, hair or tattoos, as well as study advanced facial and body wrap techniques. Some programs only provide continuing education courses and require that you already work as an esthetician, cosmetologist or nurse. You also usually need to hold a high school diploma or GED to start a training program. Common topics that you'll explore include:

  • Laser hair removal
  • Advanced skin care
  • Skin disorders
  • Tattoo removal
  • Human anatomy

Common Course TopicsTattoo removal, human anatomy, skin disorders, laser hair removal, advanced skin care
Salary$23,200 (median salary for cosmetologists, hairdressers and hairstylists in 2014) and $30,090 (median salary for skin care specialists in 2014)
Online AvailabilityOnline courses are available, but only in general cosmetology

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Can I Do?

If you complete an esthetic laser training program, you can work as a cosmetologist or esthetician. Before applying for jobs, however, you'll need to earn your licensure. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that cosmetologists and other personal appearance workers usually must graduate from an accredited, state-approved training program and pass written and practical exams to receive licensure (www.bls.gov). You also usually must pursue continuing education courses.

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists were expected to increase 10% from 2014-2024, according to the BLS. Cosmetologists, hairdressers and hairstylists made a median annual salary of $23,200 as of May 2014, while skin care specialists earned a median wage of $30,090 per year.

Are There Any Distance Learning Options?

Online options are generally not available in the field of esthetic laser treatment due to the need to practice in a medical setting under the guidance of an instructor. If you wish to work while you attend a training program, you can take night classes for the entirety of the program.

There are some online routes available for those who want to fulfill their general cosmetology continuing education requirements. These online courses typically focus on cosmetology safety and sanitation methods. Some programs might also cover electrologist safety measures. To participate in a program, you'll need specific software programs and Web browsers. You'll also usually need a sound card, headphones and a microphone.

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