Medical Esthetician Requirements


Medical estheticians (or aestheticians) are skin-care specialists working in the medical field, such as plastic surgeon's offices or a cancer ward. Their work ranges from exfoliating people with skin conditions to teaching burn victims how to cover disfiguring scars with makeup. says the need for skin-care specialists is expected to rise 38 percent between 2008 and 2018, and that hospital estheticians have an average hourly wage of $19.20. Estheticians working for individual doctors earn $18.29 an hour on average.

Certification and Licensing

  • states that medical estheticians must be licensed by the state in which they practice. Each state sets its own rules, but candidates will typically need to complete a cosmetology program approved by the state licensing board, and then pass the state licensing exam. Programs usually require students to have a GED or high school diploma to begin cosmetology studies.

Medical Skills

  • Although there are no formal requirements for specialists in medical esthetics, many professionals take college level anatomy and biology classes in addition to cosmetology training, says Employers consider it a plus if the esthetician has experience working in a medical setting, such as a doctor's office or a hospital.

General Skills

  • The Skin Science Institute says successful estheticians also need practical business skills, such as tracking client needs, preferences and the services provided. They also must handle business transactions and collect payment, as well as keep track of inventory to ensure she has enough supplies on hand. Estheticians also schedule appointments and maintain his appointment calendar.

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