Esthetician Schools

A brief summary of Esthetician schools and training is provided as a starting point for your career search.

Estheticians are generally required to have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Most require additional esthetician school and training in the form of a certificate program or an associate's degree that prepares the student for any required licensing exam.

Esthetician training is offered by cosmetology schools, beauty schools, community colleges, esthetician training institutes, medical esthetician schools and vocational schools. There are some  esthetician schools online where a portion of the non-hands on training may be satisfied. Program length varies, ranging from about 4 months to 12 months. Different states have different minimum training requirements so check with your state for their requirements. According to O*Net Online, about 74% had some college but no degree, about 6% had an associate's degree, and the remainder had a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Esthetician school topics covered in training can include:
  • anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • sanitation practices
  • safety practice
  • spa treatments
  • aromatherapy
  • cosmetic chemistry
  • facial techniques

Additional Esthetician classes may include:

  • massage techniques
  • waxing techniques
  • makeup applications
  • body scrubs and wrap
  • laser treatments
  • chemical peels
  • microdermabrasion

Information on this page from:
(1)Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Skincare Specialists,

(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Cosmetology," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,

(3) O*Net Online,Summary Report for:39-5094.00 - Skin Care Specialists,
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