5 Excellent Reasons to Become an Esthetics Professional in Canada
Having clear, soft, smooth, and radiant skin can greatly boost our confidence and overall health. That's what makes estheticians so important to so many Canadians. They provide expert facials and other body and cosmetic treatments that can greatly enhance a person's appearance and self-esteem.
Esthetics and other spa-related services are so popular in Canada that they are part of an industry which generates more than a billion dollars a year. In fact, in 2006 alone, about 3.7 million Canadians were active spa-goers. And in 2005, over 14 million visits were made to spas throughout the country.* But those numbers have likely only risen since then.
Here are five other great reasons to pursue an esthetician career:
1. The Services You Can Learn to Provide Are Extensive and Fascinating
When it comes to the potential for interesting variety, the field of esthetics has a lot to offer. Maybe even more than you think. That's because many estheticians complement their skin care expertise with skills in related areas. For example, just look at some of the services that people in this vocation often learn about:
- Giving relaxing and revitalizing facials
- Providing various body treatments such as exfoliation and full body wraps
- Artfully applying make-up and offering advice about cosmetics
- Giving gentle relaxation massages
- Performing aromatherapy
- Consulting about nutrition and its impact on skin health
- Removing unwanted hair using waxing, electrotherapy, laser, or other methods
- Providing basic manicures and pedicures
2. There Are Many Possible Work Settings and Ways to Progress in Your Career
In terms of where they can work, estheticians frequently enjoy a lot of options. The spa industry tends to be the largest employer, but it's made up of some pretty diverse environments. For instance, beyond the typical day spa, you can also find opportunities at many hotels, destination resorts, cruise lines, beauty salons, cosmetic or skin care boutiques, and department stores.
Plus, some estheticians go on to learn special skills that open up additional possibilities. One example is the field of medical aesthetics. Training for it is usually fairly quick, and it can allow you to help doctors provide advanced cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and light-based skin therapy. In fact, medical spa and skin care services are being added by an increasing number of Canadian physicians. So they need qualified estheticians to help them operate those areas of their practices.
Another example of a fulfilling specialty area is oncology esthetics. As an esthetician in this part of the field, you can help ease or relieve the skin-related side effects of cancer patients who are undergoing treatments like radiation or chemotherapy. More and more cancer clinics and agencies in Canada are starting to offer such services in order to provide better overall experiences for the patients they serve.
3. Esthetics Is a Strong Industry with a History of Impressive Growth
Many Canadians love to be pampered. So they are happy to spend money on services that make them feel reinvigorated, healthier, or more attractive. It's why estheticians are often in real demand. And the growth of the overall spa industry shows just how big that demand can be. For instance, between 1996 and 2006, the number of spa locations in Canada grew by nearly 330 percent!*
4. You Can Explore Different and Exciting Ways to Make Money
The median hourly wage for estheticians in Canada is about $13.50, with some earning $21.00 or more per hour.** Estheticians also earn tips, and many employers offer the chance to earn commissions on the sale of beauty products or on the services provided.
Plus, your income potential can increase significantly by becoming an entrepreneur in the field. Many estheticians have had success with developing their own skin care product lines, starting their own spas, or contracting out their services on an independent basis with various spas and medical aesthetics clinics.
5. Flexible Schedules Are Often the Norm
A lot of spas and other employers offer the chance to choose between working full- or part-time. And if you rent your own space, you can frequently decide on a schedule that matches your own lifestyle and the needs of your clients.
* Canadian Tourism Commission, website last visited on February 26, 2015.
** Job Bank, Government of Canada, website last visited on March 28, 2017.