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
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 36,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower 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 the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 36,100 in 2018 to 42,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 25,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • 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

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200821200
200922900
201023300
201122100
201222800
201327000
201425500
201525500
201632100
201735100
201836100
202342800

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.

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

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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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Demands

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

  1. Physical Proximity

    99% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Freedom to Make Decisions

    92% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    92% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    88% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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