Beauty Therapist

Beauty Therapist

As a Beauty Therapist, you'll make people feel beautiful inside and out using a variety of beauty treatments and techniques.

Beauty Therapists require a minimum level of training and qualification to provide therapies such as facials, skin analysis, massages, and skin care advice. The average salary of a Beauty Therapist is $41,332 per annum.

Salary range
Average salary $41,332
salary range
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
28% by 2020
Employment by region
The top three regions for employment as a Beauty Therapist are:
NSW 35%
VIC 21.6%
QLD 23%

Key skills required

The top skills for a Beauty Therapist are:
  • Neat personal appearance
  • Good health with no allergies to beauty products
  • Pleasant and tactful
  • Genuine interest in people
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Sensitive when dealing with clients
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Help people feel good and look good with a Diploma of Beauty & Spa Practice.

Learn how to deliver basic beauty therapy treatments from highly skilled professionals while gaining a highly-regarded qualification. 

  • Diploma of Beauty & Spa Practice

Beauty Therapist job description

What does a Beauty Therapist do?

Beauty Therapists are experts in therapeutic facial and body care, with a strong understanding of key body systems, skin biology, anatomy and cosmetic chemistry. Using this knowledge, Beauty Therapists provide a range of non-medical face, body and relaxation treatments customised to a client’s needs, and recommend appropriate products and after-care. While Beauty Therapists can perform therapies to address specific conditions such as acne or eczema, they do not diagnose these conditions.

A Beauty Therapist will work with a range of equipment and products, such as performing microdermabrasion or using hot wax, and must be trained in their correct usage and handling to perform these treatments safely. Some Beauty Therapists choose to specialise in a particular stream of treatments, such as spa therapy or permanent hair removal.

Most Beauty Therapists report to a salon or spa manager, who oversees the day to day operations of the business. Beauty Therapists may also work with nail technicians, massage therapists, and make up artists.

Other job opportunities for Beauty Therapists include working for large cosmetic companies in a retail or department store environment, or self-employment operating a private salon or mobile service.

Daily tasks for a Beauty Therapist

Beauty Therapists may perform a variety of different tasks in the course of a working day, including:

  • Conducting skin analysis and advising clients on skin and body care.
  • Performing facial or body massage and treatments, including spa therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy.
  • Removing facial or body hair through waxing or electrolysis.
  • Lash and brow treatments.
  • Applying make-up and advising clients on make-up application techniques.
  • Performing manicures and pedicures.
  • Making appointments, maintaining client records and handling financial transactions.
  • Selling and providing advice on cosmetic and skin care products.

To learn about the skills, traits and qualifications you’ll need as a Beauty Therapist, read our tips on how to become a Beauty Therapist.

Working hours of a Beauty Therapist

As a Beauty Therapist, your daily working hours will depend on where you work. In a salon, spa or retail environment you may be required to work evenings and weekends to accommodate client appointments or shopping hours. If you’re a self-employed Beauty Therapist, you will have more flexibility in your working hours but will need to be available at times that suit your clients, which are often outside usual business hours. 

How to become a Beauty Therapist

If you’re interested in becoming a Beauty Therapist, there are certain skills, techniques and attributes you’ll need to qualify for certain roles.

A Beauty Therapist provides a wide range of face and body treatments to help people look and feel good, with client interaction making up a big part of the day. A career in beauty offers flexibility in terms of location and working hours, meaning you can work from anywhere, whether that's a salon, day spa, movie set, or even your own home. Read more about the job description of a Beauty Therapist.

What technical & professional skills do I need to become a Beauty Therapist?

To work as Beauty Therapist, either in a salon or self-employed, you will be required to have a formal qualification in beauty services such as a Diploma of Beauty & Spa Practice.  

By gaining a qualification of this level, you’ll demonstrate that you’ve mastered a range of beauty services including body and skin treatments, waxing, nail services, make-up skills, body massage, facials, and microdermabrasion.

Paulina Saliba, General Manager of Results Laser Clinic, says that it’s important that staff have gained a formal qualification to perform the treatments and services required of the industry.

“It is reassuring that Beauty Therapists are qualified to perform services safely,” Paulina explains. “Knowing that they have been trained correctly and have the knowledge means they can work with minimal supervision.”

A course such as a Diploma of Beauty & Spa Practice will also teach you small business planning so you'll understand what it takes to operate your own beauty therapy business.

Will I need work experience to become a Beauty Therapist?

It’s important that beauty therapy students gain hands-on experience during their training - not only will this give you a better understanding of what the job entails day-to-day, you’ll also find out whether it’s a career that will work for you.

SEEK Learning Consultant Ben Wilson recommends seeking out a beauty therapy course that offers you the opportunity to work in a real clinic environment.

“A college that has a beauty therapy clinic on campus will set you up with the best experience out there,” Ben says. “If the clinic is open to the public, you’ll be exposed to many clients of different ages and skin types.”

If you have chosen to study an online course, it’s likely that your course will still require you to participate in work placement and attend a campus or clinic to learn and perfect hands-on skills.

What if I already have beauty therapy experience?

If you already have a certificate or experience in a certain area such as make up, nail care or waxing, you may want to consider rounding out your training and knowledge with a qualification in beauty therapy.

Lauren Hanning, a student at the Australian National College of Beauty (RTO 0269), says that the more experience you have, the better chance you have at securing professional employment.

“Having a broadened education, such as understanding ingredients in products, muscles, bones and advanced treatments using electricity will help you get a job as a Beauty Therapist, not just in a salon but at a day spa or medi-spa too,” she says.  

Should I become a Beauty Therapist?

To be a successful Beauty Therapist, you will need to have:

  • a desire to help others
  • a strong work ethic
  • a friendly personality
  • pride in your personal appearance
  • an eye for detail

As a Beauty Therapist you will need to be able to make your clients feel comfortable and relaxed, as well as be a good listener and be business-minded so you can sell products and treatments. A ‘people person’ perfectly describes someone who will thrive in the beauty industry.

“As a Beauty Therapist you will be dealing with people of many different backgrounds and ages and need that flexibility to adjust to different personality types,” explains Ben, SEEK Learning Consultant.

“You also need to be hard working, as it’s a hands-on role and you will be required to stand for long periods of time.”