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

  • $650 Weekly Pay
  • 36,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 44.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.2 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 95.5% female Gender Share

The number of Beauty Therapists 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 average in 2017.
  • Location: Beauty Therapists work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (44.7%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 95.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services95.1
Retail Trade2.3
Health Care and Social Assistance1.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing0.5
Other Industries0.5

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 2017, 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
NSW38.631.6
VIC21.826.2
QLD19.119.7
SA6.36.7
WA10.710.8
TAS1.02.0
NT1.51.1
ACT1.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-194.4-5.25.2
20-2416.8-9.99.9
25-3438.9-23.623.6
35-4419.9-21.721.7
45-5414.6-20.820.8
55-593.1-8.88.8
60-640.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.5-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • 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.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-5012.00 - Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists.

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