Hair or Beauty Salon Assistants assist Hairdressers or Beauty Therapists by performing routine tasks in hairdressing or beauty salons.

    You usually need a certificate II in a personal services field to work as a Hair or Beauty Salon Assistant. Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • Discusses client needs, analyses skin characteristics and advises on suitable skin care, treatments and application of make-up.
    • Applies general cosmetic and corrective make-up.
    • Performs manicures and pedicures such as decorative nail art, application of artificial nails, nail repair, and other specialised hand and foot treatments.
    • Performs facial and body treatments such as massages.
    • Treats unwanted hair through waxing, bleaching, tinting, depilation and electrolysis.
    • Evaluates beauty therapy processes and products.
    • Receives bookings, arranges appointments and maintains client records.
    • Provides advice on and selling cosmetic products.

    All Other Personal Service Workers

    • $1,163 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

    Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants

    • 900 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 12% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 19 years Average age
    • 93% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 740 in 2011 to 900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (12%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 19 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (66%).
    • Gender: 93% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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 Services97.4
    Retail Trade1.4
    Education and Training0.6
    Wholesale Trade0.3
    Other Industries0.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateHair and Beauty Salon AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW41.731.6
    VIC20.425.6
    QLD19.420.0
    SA4.87.0
    WA9.710.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT2.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketHair and Beauty Salon AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1953.7-5.05.0
    20-2412.4-9.39.3
    25-3414.7-22.922.9
    35-448.7-22.022.0
    45-545.9-21.621.6
    55-592.3-9.09.0
    60-641.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationHair and Beauty Salon AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV11.3-21.121.1
    Year 1222.8-18.118.1
    Year 1116.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below37.2-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate II in a personal services field to work as a Hair or Beauty Salon Assistant. Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants often complete a certificate III or IV.

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    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, Funeral Services, Public Sector, Health Industry, Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Personal Service Workers who are caring and compassionate, who can communicate clearly and are trustworthy.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      67% Skill level

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

    2. Sales and Marketing

      56% Skill level

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

    3. Education and Training

      44% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and Management

      42% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Clerical

      40% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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    Demands

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

    1. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      100% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    2. Telephone

      99% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

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

    4. Contact With Others

      96% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      95% Important

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

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