Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants
Hair or Beauty Salon Assistants assist Hairdressers or Beauty Therapists by performing routine tasks in hairdressing or beauty salons.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Other Personal Service Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 12% of people employed as Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 54 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants work in the Other services industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants||All Jobs Average|
Around 65% of Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
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 Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants is 19 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 15 to 19 years.
Females make up 93% of the workforce. This is 45 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||Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||0.8||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
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Hair or Beauty Salon Assistant. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in hairdressing, beauty services or beauty therapy.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Hairdressing and Beauty, Funeral Services, Public Sector, Health Industry, Community Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Hair and Beauty Salon Assistants||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||37.2||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 Personal Service Workers who are caring and compassionate, who can communicate clearly and are trustworthy.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
36%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
32%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Using maths to solve problems.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
67%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
56%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
44%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
42%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
33%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
32%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
30%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
27%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
22%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
21%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
20%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
16%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
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.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Read and understand written information.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
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.
70%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
65%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
64%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
61%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
58%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
58%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
57%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
54%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
53%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
51%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
49%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
49%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
47%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
43%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
43%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
40%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
39%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
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.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
100%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
96%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
95%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
94%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
94%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
92%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
90%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
88%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
85%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
79%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
Work with people in a group or team.
77%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
74%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
72%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
70%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
69%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
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