Esthetician Instructor Salary and Career Facts

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What Is an Esthetician Instructor?

Esthetician instructors prepare aspiring skincare specialists for the esthetician licensure exam, which is required by all states except Connecticut. They offer courses in a wide range of skin-related topics, such as waxing, laser treatments and different types of cleansers and moisturizers. In addition, esthetician instructors may cover topics such as salon management, advertising and customer service in order to increase students' chances for future career success. Typically, the courses they teach consist of a mixture of lectures and hands-on practice in salon environments.

The table below provides information for this career:

Education Required Esthetician instructor or cosmetology instructor program; bachelor's degree may be preferred
Key Responsibilities Instruct students on basic and advanced cosmetology topics, develop course curriculum, grade assignments
Licensure State instructors license and an esthetician or cosmetology license is required
Job Growth (2014-2024) 4% (for all postsecondary vocational education teachers)*
Median Salary (2017) $36,503 (for all cosmetology instructors)**

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **

What Are the Job Duties of an Esthetician Instructor?

An esthetician instructor, you'll teach students everything they need to know to begin a career as an esthetician. Your job duties will include meeting with potential students to explain the career, course requirements and details of the program. You may construct a course of study, including tests, hands-on work and skill building exercises.

The best instructors work closely with students to help them understand esthetic concepts, grade students' work and lecture on esthetics. You may also offer career assistance and advice to students after they complete the program. You may advise current and former students on licensing requirements and refer them to continuing education sources if necessary.

What Education Is Required?

The typical education requirement for an esthetician instructor is completion of an esthetician instructor or cosmetology instructor program. Most of these programs require a bachelor's degree and experience working as an esthetician or cosmetologist. Most programs also require you to hold a current esthetician or cosmetology license. Some programs may require a set amount of prior professional experience and possibly even prior management experience.

An esthetician instructor program focuses on theories, skills and techniques. A cosmetology instructor program includes instruction on esthetics, but also covers other areas, such as nail technology and hair design. Both types of programs provide training in the development of lesson plans, education principles, classroom management, professional conduct and student evaluation.

What Are the Licensing Requirements?

Licensing requirements are developed at the state level, but typically you must have completed a state-approved instructor program, hold a current cosmetology or esthetics license and pass a written and practical examination. Some states have specific licenses for esthetician instructors, while some have general cosmetology instructor licenses. All states have some type of licensing requirement and impose penalties if you do not obtain a license before beginning your teaching career.

What Salary Could I Earn?

Salary information for esthetician instructors is not readily available on its own. The closest salary figures are for cosmetology instructors and postsecondary vocational education teachers. reported that as of January 2017, cosmetology instructors earned a median salary of $36,503 a year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported postsecondary vocational education teachers earned a median salary of $49,470, as of May 2015 (

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

If you have expertise in another career field, such as hospitality or auto repair, you could become a technical educator in that subject. Although industry expertise is the main qualification, a bachelor's degree is required in some settings. Alternatively, if you are interested in the medical aspects of skin care, you could consider becoming a medical assistant in the office of a dermatologist, where you would divide your time between office work and patient care, such as assisting with the examination of skin conditions. Medical assistants must complete a postsecondary training program.

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