Beauty Therapists provide skin analyses, facial therapies, skin-care treatments and body treatments such as massage to clients.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around half of workers have an Advanced Diploma/Diploma. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • discussing client needs, analysing skin characteristics and advising on suitable skin care, treatments and application of make-up
  • applying general cosmetic and corrective make-up
  • performing manicures and pedicures including decorative nail art, application of artificial nails, nail repair, and other specialised hand and foot treatments
  • performing facial and body treatments such as massages
  • treating unwanted hair through waxing, bleaching, tinting, depilation and electrolysis
  • evaluating beauty therapy processes and products
  • receiving bookings, arranging appointments and maintaining client records
  • providing advice on and selling cosmetic products

Job Titles

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Beauty Therapist

    Specialisations: Electrologist (Hair Remover), Manicurist, Nail Technician

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $650 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    28100
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    1.4%
  • Female Share

    98.6%
  • Full-Time Share

    49.5%

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This is a large occupation employing 28,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Beauty Therapists work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Other Services.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $650 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200521900
200619000
200717900
200822800
200922700
201024300
201123700
201221100
201328100
201426000
201528100
202036100

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsBeauty TherapistsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings6501230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBeauty TherapistsAll Jobs Average
Full-time49.568.4
Part-time50.531.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.340

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services93.1
Retail Trade3
Health Care and Social Assistance1.8
Accommodation and Food Services0.9
Other Industries1.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBeauty TherapistsAll Jobs Average
NSW3531.8
VIC21.625.5
QLD2319.8
SA7.76.8
WA9.611.2
TAS1.22
NT0.71.1
ACT1.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBeauty TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.3-5.45.4
20-2420-9.99.9
25-3435.8-23.423.4
35-4418.6-21.721.7
45-5415.9-21.121.1
55-594.8-8.78.7
60-641.8-5.95.9
65 and Over0.7-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryBeauty TherapistsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males1.4Males53.6
Females98.6Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBeauty TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree6.8-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma54.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV27.6-18.918.9
Year 125.3-18.718.7
Years 11 & 105.6-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around half of workers have an Advanced Diploma/Diploma. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Beauty Therapists who interact well with others, who are reliable and well presented.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    89% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Sales and Marketing

    73% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Administration and Management

    60% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Education and Training

    59% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. English Language

    57% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    85% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  2. Selling or Influencing Others

    80% Important

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    80% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Assisting and Caring for Others

    79% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    78% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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