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

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

You usually need a certificate III or IV in beauty services or beauty therapy to work as a Beauty Therapist. These courses may be offered as a traineeship.

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

All Beauty Therapists

  • $959 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 42,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 39% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 97% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Beauty Therapists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 25,500 in 2014 to 42,300 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Beauty Therapists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $959 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (39%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 97% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
200922900
201023400
201122100
201222800
201327100
201425500
201524900
201631800
201734800
201836800
201942300
202450700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings9591460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services92.5
Retail Trade2.4
Health Care and Social Assistance2.4
Accommodation and Food Services0.8
Other Industries1.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBeauty TherapistsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.631.6
VIC25.225.6
QLD20.420.0
SA6.37.0
WA12.010.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBeauty TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.9-5.05.0
20-2416.9-9.39.3
25-3436.3-22.922.9
35-4423.5-22.022.0
45-5414.0-21.621.6
55-592.9-9.09.0
60-641.4-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate1.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma45.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV22.1-21.121.1
Year 1214.5-18.118.1
Year 112.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.3-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III or IV in beauty services or beauty therapy to work as a Beauty Therapist. These courses may be offered as a traineeship.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Hairdressing and Beauty VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    70% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Sales and marketing

    51% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  4. English language

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Chemistry

    45% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Physically close to people

    99% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-5094.00 - Skincare Specialists.

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