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Ginger123 in Tempe, Arizona

104 months ago

I'm a teacher and earn 43k after 7 years in the profession. Can soemone tell me what I'm looking at starting at during my first year in esthetics. I will be takig medical esthetics this June, and hope to be done by December. What are my job prospects? :)

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Katy in Bothell, Washington

101 months ago

ks in Seattle, Washington said: I am actually getting my esthetics license in seattle then am moving to Scottsdale and would like to get my laser certificate. The place in Puyallup you got trained on the job? I figured some places would do that and wondered if somewhere in Scottsdale would do that as well. To work in a medi spa do I need to go to an advanced school or have people found that those too can be not worth the money?

KS!!

I was just starting to research Seattle area for Esthetic Schools. May I ask where you went and ANY feedback???? I keep going back between Aveda and Euro. THANK YOU!!!!

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Rebecca in Honolulu, Hawaii

100 months ago

I am a licensed massage therapist, and looking into starting esthetics training. So far in my 4 years of massage work I have had great experiences in the industry. You MUST have a passion for the work, otherwise you will not last. It takes a lot of energy, and you MUST MUST MUST take care of your own body. Eat well, stretch, exercise, and be aware of your body mechanics. I believe it is the same for estheticians. Anyways, for anyone looking to get into the industry, I definitely recommend it if you have a passion to help people and to make them feel great, and feel great about themselves! I work at a spa and make great money! Yes, it is on-call so some days I do not have work, but I have another part-time job that I enjoy that provides extra income to fill-in when it is slow. I make an average of $40-$45 per massage (50 minute massage). And the schools for estheticians here are 600 hours and only cost around $5,000!!!! I guess I will be getting a great deal doing my training while I am living here in Hawaii! Aloha : )

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Amy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

100 months ago

Hi there. I am an Accountant currently and looking to start up schooling and a possible career in Esthetics. I needed a change! By reading all the comments, it seems it's a very difficult field to start up in and make any decent money. I know I wouldn't make what I do now starting out but I still need to meet my mortgage and other bills. I see all the comments from others are from Texas mainly but is anyone out there from Wisconsin or surrounding areas that can offer some advice? I'm going to speak to someone at a local school TODAY about the opportunities and starting up a program. Any advice would be appreciated from anyone out there. THANKS!

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melissa in Danville, Virginia

100 months ago

nancy in salisbury nc in Gastonia, North Carolina said: I am so glad you commented! I am seriously looking into starting esthetician training this fall thinking that the job prospects here are pretty good or so I have been told but after reading all the above comments from around the country I started second guessing myself.A friend of mine here who is a massage therapist said her practice gets calls every week for someone looking for esthetician services and there is virtually nobody doing it.Of course I live in a relatively small Southern town as well.Glad to know you are doing so well here in NC!

Nancy, what school are you planning on attending in the fall? Is it in Gastonia, because i am planning on going to a school in NC in the fall also. I'm extremely excited about it and am glad to see that there are plenty of others who share that passion with me.

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Carie in East Chatham, New York

100 months ago

I just got a second interview at a great spa. I have to give the owner a facial, being that I am right out of school, and they said they normally don't hire Estheticians right out of school, I'm nervous. Can anyone try and tell me the do's and don't of a second interview? It would be helpful since I really want this Job!

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christine G in New Liskeard, Ontario

100 months ago

i am currently working my butt off at a spa salon, making 10$ / hr, i dont know if that is faitr money for an esthetician. the students are getting paid 9 $ and i spennt all this money in school to get paid 10$ plus by the time they take taxes off the paycheck it is a very low income. i wonder what i can do to raise that. thinking of opening up my own business next year, may be the best way to go..

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Anna Truong in Seattle, Washington

100 months ago

I've just got my WA license of esthetician and wondering if anyone knows of any jobs available in Seattle,WA?I'm got well trained from Gary Manuel Aveda Institute.Or any great places you have heard of. Thank you!

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K Smith in Kirkland, Washington

100 months ago

Anna Truong in Seattle, Washington said: I've just got my WA license of esthetician and wondering if anyone knows of any jobs available in Seattle,WA?I'm got well trained from Gary Manuel Aveda Institute.Or any great places you have heard of. Thank you!

Hi Anna!

I had the Aveda Salon on my list of school for our area. What did you think of the program? I already took the tour and liked what I saw. Please keep me updated with how your job search goes. Good luck!

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Mary Cardiff in Grants Pass, Oregon

100 months ago

My daughter is looking into the IMAj institute in Scottsdale Arizona. It's quite spendy but it includes laser skin treatments. Does anyone have any feedback with their own experiences at that school and success in getting employment that warrants the expense of school.

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Denise in Greensboro, North Carolina

99 months ago

I'm looking to get my Aesthetician License...I was told there were not any good schools in NC. I heard that the state of Georgia had good schools with great programs. Can someone recommend any top schools in the ATL area.

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AmyG in Norcross, Georgia

99 months ago

Denise in Greensboro, North Carolina said: I'm looking to get my Aesthetician License...I was told there were not any good schools in NC. I heard that the state of Georgia had good schools with great programs. Can someone recommend any top schools in the ATL area.

I graduated from the top school in Georgia, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics, in February; took exams and got my state license in mid July. Due to the economy, I, and many classmates, are having a very hard time finding a job in the field. I have only found about 5 spas/med spas hiring. Most med spas want prior experience, so you usually have to start out in a regular spa. I do know of many licensed Estheticians who are making great money. Like ANY field in today's economy, there aren't many jobs open, and so many people are applying. It's a tough market in a tough economy. I have 14 years experience of medical office administration and can't find any jobs open in that field either. Atlanta has the highest unemployment rate in the USA, I just saw that on the internet a couple weeks ago.
Needless to say, if I don't land a job as an Esthetician by next Summer when my lease ends, I will be moving out of state. Everyone keep in mind the economy is extremely weak right now. I know I will succeed as an Esthetician eventually. It's all about YOU, how bad you want it, and of course like many have commented, WHERE you work. Keep striving. Have Faith.

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nikkiw in Greenville, North Carolina

99 months ago

julie in Matthews, North Carolina said: I work in a spa and perform waxing and facials. I make 40% commision plus tips. It end up being anywhere from 40-70 dollars an hour depending on the price of the service. I think you make more in a spa than a medical setting. I work ony five 6 hour shifts a week. It is awesome. Even if I am not fully booked I still make enough money. Brazilian waxing is where the money is. I make 40 dollars in a half hour doing these. I get plenty of facials as well. You can make a ton of money if you find the right place.

Where did you go to school? I have been looking and trying to do some research on National Laser Institute, but I'm not sure what to think right now. Any advice?

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nikkiw in Greenville, North Carolina

99 months ago

nancy in salisbury nc in Gastonia, North Carolina said: I am so glad you commented! I am seriously looking into starting esthetician training this fall thinking that the job prospects here are pretty good or so I have been told but after reading all the above comments from around the country I started second guessing myself.A friend of mine here who is a massage therapist said her practice gets calls every week for someone looking for esthetician services and there is virtually nobody doing it.Of course I live in a relatively small Southern town as well.Glad to know you are doing so well here in NC!

Heve you started your classes yet?

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nikkiw in Greenville, North Carolina

99 months ago

Laney in Hendersonville, North Carolina said: Wow, that is amazing! I am just now looking into schools - I am near Asheville, NC. I was trying to finds a school for aesthetics, but the community college here is all I could find. It offers Esthetics. Do you know what the difference is? ALso, did you ever work at a meical office? Thanks for any input you may have!

Where did you attend school? I am looking into this industry and a little confused on where to start. Any suggestions?

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Karen in Lewiston, Idaho

99 months ago

Hi, thanks for the e-mail. I do not offer "classes" for teaching Esthetics, but a consulting program for increasing your business after you are already a licenses Esthetician. There are many people that want to venture out on their own and run there own businesses that need guidance from someone with experience.

I do not know where to tell you to go to school in your area, just check out the different programs, and choose one that you are comfortable with. You will need to get this underway just to get started and get that license out of the way, then you can proceed further with all the different avenues you can go into. Thanks

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beccailg in Honolulu, Hawaii

98 months ago

Kind of rude that comment telling that girl she needs to learn how to spell before she goes to school to study skin care. You should check your references before you try to insult someone like that...or maybe not be so nasty to begin with.

BOTH spellings are correct. The spelling "esthetician" without the "a" is more common, however here is what is says in the dictionary....

aesthetician
One entry found.

Main Entry: aes·the·ti·cian
Variant(s): also es·the·ti·cian \?es-th?-?ti-sh?n\
Function: noun
Date: 1829
1 : a specialist in aesthetics
2 : cosmetologist

You go to school girl and do your thing! Don't let anyone put you down : )

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mvblondie22 in Edgartown, Massachusetts

97 months ago

Hey Ladies,
I am an experienced lead esthetician, at a high end day spa, in MA. Unfortunately it is a seasonal position. I was wondering if anybody knew anything about transferring my license to the state of TX. I have been interested in moving to there for awhile, and heard that our field is thriving there. If there are any established esties there that could offer advice as to where to go, or anything about living here it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Becca in Tempe, Arizona

97 months ago

I lived in SC previously and attended Trident Tech, for photography actually. Make sure you apply for the "Lottery Tuition Assistance" and that should cover 85% of your tuition!!! I would say if it is your passion to help people then go for it! You can always bartend on a part-time basis to make more money. Sorry, I don't know much about respiratory therapy. Maybe talk to an advisor at the school??? Best of luck!

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tinamarie in Charleston, South Carolina

97 months ago

Thanks for the positive reply. I actually changed my major to Respitory Therapy and also received a pell grant that covers all my tuition, at least for my first 2 semesters. I will have to reaaply for the grants again in April. I'm set to speak with my advisor in the next week. Thank you for the tip on the lottery, I'm sure I'll need to tap into that for the future semesters.

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runner14 in Delray Beach, Florida

97 months ago

Hi Ladies :)
Does anyone know Boca beauty Academy?
I know its hard to say but does anyone know the aveage income esthetician could make in spa?
Thanks :)

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tinamarie in Charleston, South Carolina

97 months ago

I just recently looked it up and you're looking at a starting of about 21,000. With ALOT of hard work and self marketing you can make a good living. It all depends how dedicated you are.

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Shelly in Flower Mound, Texas

97 months ago

esthetician in Elk Grove, California said: Please advise me how to advertise my skincare business, to get more clients. I put up my ad, so expensive, but barely had 1 or 2 replying for it. Thanks,

My aesthetic business quadrupled when I started networking at womens events. It's been amazing for me. Try some local "women in business" groups.

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Steph in Tampa, Florida

97 months ago

Hello ladies, I was wondering if anyone knows of a good school to attend in the Tampa bay area? I am currently in the medical field and was interested in doing this on a part time basis. Any advice from seasoned Estheticians? What kind of salary should I expect to make starting out? Thanks for any info!

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Arianna in Fresno, California

97 months ago

ok so i was interested in the aveda institute in florida and i was wondering if anyone has any experience. if so let me know because i'm thinking of going to school there.

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Heather in Hillsboro, Oregon

97 months ago

Euro Institute- anybody heard of it or attended? So far looks to be the best school in Oregon.
I've been working in the industry already for 6 years as a makeup artist and/or freelancer for skincare companies. I make great money without a license or formal training, but it's not consistent or reliable. I'm nervous to see people saying they start out at less than half of what I make now, but I really want to get out of the retail industry. I don't want to work on commission at all, or have sales goals. I'd like to work in a spa or dermatologist/doctors office. Has that been possible for anyone? I can't afford to make only $10 hour, even if it is for just a year or so. I have kids and a mortgage...
Nervous, but I want to do it... if it's worth it.

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randapoo in Miami, Florida

97 months ago

I'm half way through my senior year in high school and I've decided to go to College of Natural Health here in Miami to study (paramedical) skin care/Electrology. I've been searching the internet to find out average pay for a Esthetician and it ranges from $27,000-58,000 so I don't know what to expect!

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Lana in San Antonio, Texas

96 months ago

Well, I am an esthetician from Europe with a nurse degree. I worked in Cosmetic dermatology Center for 18 years. When I moved to USA and got my license here, I started my own business. I bought all equipment I needed, I found the same French cosmetic company I used to work in Europe with( and it is not cheap).But it was a big disapointment. United States are far behind the Europe in skincare. The ladies don't consider this as important thing. So I also worked in a small town. I finaly I have built the clientele, but still it is not like it was in Europe. People cancel, don't show up. I still think this business is better for the big city and I regret i didn't sarted in busy salon or spa. Now I live 30 miles away from San Antonio and think to find me part time job, working for commission, but to be busy. If somebody has any ideas, please e-mail me. I will appreciate it very much.

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AndiO in Fullerton, California

96 months ago

Ginger123 in Tempe, Arizona said: I'm a teacher and earn 43k after 7 years in the profession. Can soemone tell me what I'm looking at starting at during my first year in esthetics. I will be takig medical esthetics this June, and hope to be done by December. What are my job prospects? :)

Hello, I am in the same boat as you. I am a teacher and I am thinking about changing careers. I am also curious about the starting salary. What made you decide to change careers?

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Carie in East Chatham, New York

96 months ago

I have been working as an esthetician for about four months now. I make $10 an hour and 10% of my services. That is until I build my clientele, which seems impossible in this recession. After I build a clientele then I will get %35 of my services and with tips that can be good. The problem is staying busy, I work in a busy spa and am having a hard time. I need to also work my old job to get by. Good luck!

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sal in Charlotte, North Carolina

96 months ago

Denise in Greensboro, North Carolina said: I'm looking to get my Aesthetician License...I was told there were not any good schools in NC. I heard that the state of Georgia had good schools with great programs. Can someone recommend any top schools in the ATL area.

The Aveda Institute is in NC

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Danielle in Saint Paul, Minnesota

96 months ago

I'm fresh out of high school and wishing to attend Aveda Institute to become a lisenced Esthetician. I'm a little nervous from reading these posts because it seems so uncertain about how my outcome will be. Since I am young and optimistic, I can only hope for the best, but I'm not sure how it will all play out. I don't want to be that person scraping to get by, I want to live comfortably and I was hoping that a spa atmosphere would get me to that point. Is a full-time career in Esthetics at a spa going to get me there, or will I just be disappointed and need to start all over from scratch a few years down the road? This is a crucial period, I have only a few months to decide the direction of the rest of my life, and I am starting to get worried that it won't work out the way I envision. I just want to make good money and have a satisfying career!! If anyone knows of any advice, information, or words of encouragement for me in starting my journey, I need to hear it now. Thanks! -Danielle

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Karen in Lewiston, Idaho

96 months ago

Hi Danielle,

You are young, and anything you do now in your life, will have a contribution on your life in the future. My only suggestion on this is that you do Not attend the Aveda Institute if you are looking into working in the Spa Industry. The reason, when you attend a specialized school, that only uses their product and programs, thats all you get drilled into your brain. You would then be limiting your opportunities to Spas that use Aveda. Aveda has become very picky in which Spas they even deal with now, saying that if you don't adhere to their philosophy, they won't let sell their products.... You need to be trained in all aspects of Aesthetics, so that you start with a wide variety of treatments and protocol. Remember, the first school you go to will give you all the basics, then it is up to you to go out and explore all the different treatment, take classes, learn, apprentice, and get several years under your belt, before you are really fine tuned. Everyone entering into this business has to start in the same way. If you decide later that you want to be part of an Aveda Spa, they will then require you to be trained in their line of products and services that they want you to do. Most Aestheticians, don't want to only be doing treatments that the "Company" is telling them to do, and how to do them. Thats what Aveda will do if you work for them. I am sure if you start working in one of their Spas, you will be starting off at $10 or under. I would ask the school where you are looking into, if they will actually guarantee what wage you will be makeing starting out at one of their Spas. Talk to some of the girls working at an Aveda Spa, and see for yourself. Remember if you think you can or you can't, you are right.

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Danielle in Saint Paul, Minnesota

96 months ago

Thank you for that heads-up, Karen. I'm still confused about where to go to get decent schooling around here - I want the best, but I am not sure what IS the best. Do you know of any schools that will give me a good basis in MN? (I know you're from a different state but there must be some great school known nationwide??)

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ginger in Tempe, Arizona

96 months ago

I thought I would be able to change careers and take a break from teaching, but with the outlook on esthetics being so unreliable I think I will stay in education and maybe just taking an esthetic position part time.
I'm very overworked and stressed out at times being a teacher. I feel that many times parents need to be desciplined and if not educated on how to raise their children. I love the students but you know how it is when you have those two bad apples in your classroom, that pretty much ruins your whole school year. The worse part is that those bad apples are the ones with the most issues and they need so much more help then just education in reading and math. We then have to be the councelor, social worker, psychologist and parent. I need a break or just a stress reliever, the beauty industry is something I've always been fascinated in.

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AndiO in Fullerton, California

96 months ago

I have taught the "behavioral classroom" for 6 years and I am truly worn out. Fro m what I gather in researching this industry, the more certifications one has the better earning power they have. Have you thought about getting more than an esthetician certificate? I know it will be hard to leave teaching but I feel that it is something I need to do. I hope you are able to find something that is less stressful and more personally satisfying for you.

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JG in Portland, Maine

96 months ago

Yes I agree 100% it depends where you work. I made 28k my first year out of school. But I work in a 4 star resort spa.

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KM in Charlotte, North Carolina

96 months ago

I attended the Aveda Institute for Esthetics after years of boring desk jobs & office work. The program was pretty easy & I learned a lot but you only learn about Aveda products & the Aveda way of doing things. Once I graduated, I worked for a major resort in Charlotte. I had to work the worst hours because I was the newest esty on staff. After months of working every single Friday night, Sat night & Sunday morning, I quit. I now work for a Plastic Surgeon & have regular 9-5 hours & no weekends. I also have health beenfits, which is great! I get paid hourly & it's not the greatest but I am being patient & know that this is a great opportunity for me. Most of all, I love what I do & that means more to me than $$ anyday. If you think you have a passion for skincare, go for it but you have to be patient & it can be very difficult getting started. I truly believe once you find somehting you love & are good at, success will come!

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JG in Portland, Maine

96 months ago

I do the same thing at the spa I work at. We opened in June and do a few desk shifts during the week to make up for it when we are slow.

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sal in Charlotte, North Carolina

96 months ago

Thanks KM for sharing information about your position.
I found it encouraging!

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sal in Charlotte, North Carolina

96 months ago

JG in Portland, Maine said: Yes I agree 100% it depends where you work. I made 28k my first year out of school. But I work in a 4 star resort spa.[/QUOTE

What are your work hours like? What services were part of your job at the spa? I'd love to hear some details if you don't mind.

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Heather in Hillsboro, Oregon

96 months ago

I've been doing a lot of research still since my last comment a month ago, reading more comments this is what I suggest...
For those of you unsure, changing careers, and/or fresh out of high school- I suggest taking on a part time or full time cosmetics position at Nordstroms, Saks, Neimans, or whoever your HIGH end retailer is in your area. Starting pay, depending on several factors, is everywhere from $10-$25 an hour (Nordstroms usually $13) plus commission. You'll get an idea of what salary is like, and what it's like to work servicing people (not just selling). If you don't like it in the store, you probably won't like it any more in the spa. Generally, I've found, pay is higher in these stores than it is in Doc offices and spas.
If you are planning on starting school, I would plan on taking on one of these jobs anyways, it'll help with your experience when you go to apply for the job you want.
I am a freelance makeup artist and skincare specialist, with no estheticians license. I have been doing it for 3+ years now, after 2 years behind the counter for Estee Lauder, and an 8 year career in Interior Design. My hourly pay varies from company to company, $20-$24 an hour.
Still undecided, but I think I will stick to freelancing, and possibly attend the Euro Institute here in Portland, Oregon (this school is available in several states by the way). I can at the least request a couple more dollars an hour from the companies I currently work for.
Good luck!

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Liz in Fort Wayne, Indiana

96 months ago

I am wanting to work in a Dermatologist or Plastic/Cosmetic Surgeons office. Which is the best choice to make and pay of each, that you know of.
Esthatician
Medical Assistant
RN
Physician Assistant
Nurse Practioner

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Mollyg489 in Saint Louis, Missouri

95 months ago

does anyone know how much i could make as an esthetician working for a plastic surgeon?

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KM in Charlotte, North Carolina

95 months ago

Well it depends on which plastic surgeon you work for. How busy they are, how they pay you, etc. I work for a P.S but am hourly because we are new & it doesn't make sense to get paid by commission yet. You can make a lot of money working for a very established plastic surgeon with a lot of skincare clients but it takes time. The benefits of working for a medical office are regular 9-5 weekday hours & usually have health benefits.

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NH1121 in Vallejo, California

93 months ago

Hi, I live in northern CA in the bay area, I'm in my first year of college and have recently been considering taking an esthetician course over the summer in SF at the Cinta Aveda Institute. I have a passion for skincare and eventually want to be a dermatologist, and I figured being an esty would be a good way to help pay for the rest of college and possibly med school. I've heard that I can make up to 30/40$ hourly but all the comments above have been kinda discouraging! Basically I want to know if anyone 1. Recommends this school or possibly another 2. Lives/ works in the bay area and knows what the job/$ scene is like for estheticians and is it worth it?? Plz let me know, I need to apply soon if I follow through with this plan. & I appreciate all the info in the above forum, thanx!!

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nancy in salisbury nc in Salisbury, North Carolina

93 months ago

Just want to encourage you to"go for it".I am about to finish up next month from a community college program outside Charlotte,NC.Obviously have yet to get a job,but there are so many options,Plastic surgeons,dermatologists office,makeup artist,spas.I am very excited about the possibilities.Also some gossip(?) I have heard here is that while Aveda has awesome products,supposedly some of their graduates failed the State Boards here as they were ill prepared.Going to a community college was not only inexpensive,but we have not been groomed to push a product but have instead been trained to consider products ingredients and claims as there are many wonderful things on the market.We have to have 600 hours here in NC and there are expensive Aveda schools here as well but I am happy with the choice I made.Good luck!!

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Ariana in Elizabeth, Colorado

93 months ago

I am a junior in high school and for the past 3yrs have been dead set on being an esthetician, but reading all these post and looking at the economy im starting to second guess myself. If anyone could give me some feed back on if there is any chance to make it in this field that would be great. Thank you

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Lana in San Antonio, Texas

93 months ago

I have been an esthetician for 27 years, 20 years in Europe and the rest is in USA. What I can say. I was much more successful in Europe as America is behind the Europe in skincare probably for 20 years. But I was patient a few years, it wasn't easy, but it paid back. Now I have a good clientele and make very good money. The only thing I would suggest just for the beginers: start to work with a good expensive products, professional equipment, make your room comfortable and inviting.Show your clients that you invest a lot of money in your business to make their facials professional. You will see they will appreciate that. Right now when the economy is bad it will be hard but still life still continues, people go to the restaurants, fitness clubs. movies, to the spas. So try your best. Good luck!!!

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sal in Charlotte, North Carolina

93 months ago

Hi Ariana,

I am a student at the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, NC. I am older than the general student age - I've returned to school after raising two children. I also have a master's degree in Early Middle Childhood Education and taught for many years in Ohio and California. The Aveda program is really excellent and the passing rate on the State Boards for Estheticians is 100%. That's 100%. Just wanted to correct that misinformation.

I do think there are a number of ways to educate yourself in a chosen field. I say if you have the desire, check out some programs near you - don't forget there is often financial aid - and go after it with the one which is your best match.
Good luck!

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