Trades & Services

Beauty Therapist

Beauty therapists carry out face and body treatments for clients to help them look and feel better.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Beauty Therapist do?

As a beauty therapist you would carry out face and body treatments for clients to help them look and feel better.


Work activities

As a beauty therapist, you would provide a range of face and body treatments. On a daily basis you might:

  • give facials by cleansing, massaging and toning a client’s skin
  • give makeovers by applying and advising on make-up
  • shape eyebrows and colour eyelashes
  • give manicures, pedicures or other nail treatments
  • remove unwanted facial and body hair
  • give electro-therapy treatments to improve body tone and shape
  • give non-surgical skin improvement treatments
  • offer spray tanning.

As well as carrying out treatments, you would also:

  • book appointments and greet clients
  • check and order supplies
  • keep notes of clients’ medical histories and treatment programs.

You may occasionally need to refer clients to their doctor, for example, if they have a severe skin problem.


Key skills and interests

To become a beauty therapist, you would need:

  • a friendly and welcoming manner
  • the ability to make clients feel relaxed
  • the ability to explain procedures clearly to clients
  • tact and diplomacy
  • sales skills, to sell products and earn commission
  • business awareness if you are self-employed.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a beauty therapist, your working hours would need to be flexible, including Saturdays. Beauty salons often offer evening appointments.


You could work in a beauty salon or beauty clinic, health spa, hotel, or even on a cruise ship.

You could also be self-employed, either working from home or visiting clients in their own homes.

Physical stamina is important to this role as you may spend a lot of your time standing. You may need to have colour-normal vision.


How to become an Beauty Therapist?

Entry Level Education

To become a beauty therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in beauty therapy.

Beauty therapists with nationally accredited qualifications may work throughout Australia.

Working as a sales assistant in a pharmacy or retail store can provide relevant experience and familiarity with products for those wishing to train as beauticians or beauty therapists.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Overall employment of beauty therapists is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

As people spend more time on personal grooming, there will be continued demand for beauty therapists, a trend that is expected to continue.


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