What’s your recipe for choosing the right career path?

Written by Kelly Richardson, CEO and founder of B.Bronz Sunless

Obtaining your aesthetics or cosmetology license is one of the smartest moves you can make for your future. As the economy fluctuates, there has been stability for jobs in the skin care industry. Generally, after graduating from aesthetics school, many professionals fast track into a client-facing career. However, it is important to look at some of the other things you can do with your license.

CLIENT FACING
If you want to work face-to-face with clients, there are many choices to consider. Your choices, just to name a few, include medical aesthetics, makeup artistry, and working on a cruise ship. Medical aestheticians work closely with doctors, often in dermatology or plastic surgery establishments. This job can also include working with oncology patients. Not all states require an aesthetics license to be a non-sales-based makeup artist, but if you want to work outside of the department store setting, more often than not, you will need one. If travel is on your radar, peruse job listings for cruise ships.

SPA MANAGEMENT/OWNERSHIP
Spa managers and owners do not usually spend their days facing clients, but they keep spa running smoothly. Those who are interested in a management post or owning a spa should take business courses or complete an associates level business or management degree. Not sure if this is your destiny? Ask the owner of your salon if you can take on some management duties and try it out.

SALES REPRESENTATIVE MANAGER
Becoming a sales representative for product supply companies and/or a product line itself can be a financially rewarding, varied, and fun career. With larger companies, there will be room for advancement into management over time. It is common to represent a single product line; however, some sales representatives have multiple product lines to sell to their clients. Sales positions are sometimes specific to beauty supply stores instead of spas. Most often these positions have flexible hours; allow for local, national, and international travel; and the pay is generally based on performance. Larger companies will generally offer a salary, while smaller companies tend to offer a commission-based pay.

EDUCATION
If you love to teach, you might want to explore options in education, either for a product line or a beauty college.
Product-line education usually involves teaching at conferences or providing education to established accounts for a product line. Teaching at a beauty college can be done on a part-time or full-time basis.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Large and small product brands, as well as laboratories, hire aestheticians to assist in the product development process. If you love science and have a vision for the next best thing, this job might be one to scope out.

PRODUCT BUYER
Department stores and online outlets employ skin care professionals as buyers. Like product development, you will need a knack for discovering upcoming hot items, as well as tough negotiating skills.

GOVERNMENT
State cosmetology boards regularly hire inspectors and test administrators. If you have a hankering for a government career, this job might be perfect for you.

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