Cosmetics / Esthetics / Spa

What to expect from a Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa career

It’s important for people to be able to wind down, reduce stress and pamper themselves, which is why the cosmetics, esthetics and spa industry is thriving. Professionals in this field love working with people and have a flair for creativity and working with their hands. Ontario college cosmetics, esthetics and spa programs will prepare you for a job in the in-demand beauty and wellness industry.

If you’re outgoing and creative, and you have an interest in health and beauty as a career, here’s what you need to know.

Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Courses

Courses in cosmetics, esthetics and spa programs at Ontario colleges provide students with the practical experience necessary to work in a variety of beauty-related businesses. Courses are typically divided into two areas:

  • Techniques. Depending on the focus of the program, these practical courses will teach students the skills required in procedures like manicures and pedicures, applying makeup, skin and body treatments and hair removal. Students will learn how to customize treatments to match client needs and their specific situations. Work placements, practicums and simulated learning environments are fundamental in the learning process.
  • Business / Management. Courses in business and management equip students to succeed in running a business in the beauty industry. Marketing, finance and retail strategy courses provide fundamental knowledge on operating a business, should graduates want to take on a management or entrepreneurial role.

Note: Some programs provide both technical and management training, whereas others focus solely on industry techniques.

General Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Program Requirements

Ontario college cosmetics, esthetics and spa program requirements vary. In general, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent is required, along with a grade 12 English credit. Some programs may require CPR, First Aid or Respiratory testing. Check individual program requirements carefully before applying.

Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Jobs and Salaries

Graduates of cosmetics, esthetics and spa programs may find careers as beauty advisors, sales representatives and buyers, makeup artists, nail technicians, spa and salon managers and more. There are many diverse industries and businesses that need beauty professionals, including (but not limited to):

  • Entertainment (theatre, television and movies)
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Salons and spas
  • Health, medical and wellness centres
  • Photography studios

Salaries vary widely in this industry. For cosmetic technicians, estheticians and spa treatment professionals, starting salaries are in the low- to mid-$20,000 range (managerial roles will be higher). Type of industry and level of expertise and experience may all have an impact on salary.

Ontario Colleges Offering Cosmetics, Esthetics and Spa Programs

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