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.
A certificate III or IV in beauty services or beauty therapy is usually needed to work as a Beauty Therapist.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 42,400 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 39% of people employed as Beauty Therapists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 27 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,196 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $942
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,822
Median hourly earnings are $30, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Beauty Therapists||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Most Beauty Therapists work in the Other services industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
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Around 63% of Beauty Therapists live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Sydney - South West
- Melbourne - West
- Melbourne - South East
- Sydney - Inner South West
- Perth - North West.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Beauty Therapists is 32 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 97% of the workforce. This is 49 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Beauty Therapists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate III or IV in beauty services or beauty therapy is usually needed to work as a Beauty Therapist.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Hairdressing and Beauty VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Beauty Therapists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||7.3||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Beauty Therapists who interact well with others, who are reliable and well presented.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Looking for ways to help people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
29%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
70%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
52%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
51%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
39%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
35%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
25%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
24%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
22%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
20%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
15%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
13%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
12%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
10%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Read and understand written information.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
41%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
73%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
68%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
65%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
65%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
57%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
50%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
47%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
46%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
45%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
45%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
43%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
43%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
42%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
35%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
35%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
34%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
29%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
25%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
99%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
92%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work with people in a group or team.
85%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
85%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
77%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
77%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
75%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
73%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
70%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
67%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
66%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Talk on the telephone.
64%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
63%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
56%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
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