What Is a Pedicurist?

Pedicurists specialize in foot care, and depending on the setting, they may wash and massage feet, in addition to filing and painting toenails. To learn more about this career field, keep reading. Schools offering Nail Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Job Description

As a pedicurist, you will soak, clean and massage clients' feet to help remove rough skin and make them look healthy and clean. You will also care for the toenails by clipping, shaping and polishing them. You might offer foot care advice and sell foot care products to clients. In addition to client services, you are also responsible for keeping your work area and tools clean and sanitized.

Important Facts About Manicurists and Pedicurists

On-the-Job Training No specific training required; business and work experience recommended for salon owners
Entry-level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Key Skills Creativity, dexterity, business and customer-service skills
Work Environment Spas, nail, or hair salons

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Training Requirements

Each state sets its own requirements for pedicurist training and licensing. In some cases, training can be competed in as little as 16 weeks in a full-time, intensive program. During your training, you may learn about topics that include:

  • Parasitic, fungal or bacterial infection in the toes
  • Disinfection and sanitizing techniques
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Pedicure technique, step by step
  • Choosing products and enhancements
  • Application of polish and other decorations to toenails
  • Choosing and using special tools (such as an electric nail file)

States have varying requirements for licensing. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), to become licensed, you need to be at least 16 years old and you must have at least a high school diploma (www.bls.gov). State licensing also includes passing written and practical exams.

Job Outlook and Salary Information

The BLS reports that employment opportunities for pedicurists and manicurists were expected to increase 16% between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than average. The BLS stated that an increase in mobile manicure and pedicure stations would be partly responsible for the increase in jobs.

In May 2014, the BLS reported an average annual salary of $22,500 for manicurists and pedicurists. It is important to note that manicurists and pedicurists are combined, since they often work together and one person may work in both positions.

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