Picture this: It’s Monday morning, and your alarm clock goes off. You jump out of bed eager to start the workday. For eight hours, you provide medical aesthetic treatments to patients, helping them look and feel their best. At the end of the day, you feel happy, because you had a positive impact on others.
Doesn’t that sound like an awesome career opportunity?
The good news is there are many job opportunities for cosmetic laser technicians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth is expected to increase by 12% for skincare specialists by the year 2024!
The medical aesthetics field is a booming industry with no signs of slowing down. Last year, Americans spent over $16 billion dollars on treatments, with over 1.1 million laser hair removal treatments performed.
What is a Cosmetic Laser Tech?
A cosmetic laser technician is a skincare specialists who performs laser treatments such as laser hair removal, tattoo removal, wrinkle reduction and more! They typically work at a medical spa under the supervision of a medical director. Cosmetic laser technicians can also be found at doctor’s offices, dermatologists’ offices and other medical settings.
To become a cosmetic laser technician, certification is required by most states; however, the regulations do vary in each state. Many schools offer continuing education for estheticians, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who want to become certified cosmetic laser technicians.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for skincare specialists (including cosmetic laser technicians) is $30,270 per year. In some cases, cosmetic laser technicians can also earn commission on top of their salary. Many doctors and nurses choose to become a certified laser technician to earn supplemental income, increasing their earning potential.
Job Opportunities for Laser Techs
One of the most common questions asked by perspective students is, “What job opportunities exist as a cosmetic laser tech?” Here are some of the possibilities:
- Physicians’ offices. A decade ago, cosmetic treatments were primarily performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists with several years of training. Now, primary care doctors, obstetricians and OB/GYNs are adding different medical aesthetic services to their practices, because they are cash based, and there’s no insurance hassles.
- Medical spas. Cosmetic lasers compliment non-laser treatments like Botox, dermal fillers and oxygen facials. With recent advances in technology, medical spas are expanding their offerings to include aesthetically- and medically-based services.
- Day spas and beauty salons. While day spas typically focus on relaxation and rejuvenation, they have recognized the need to add these services to deliver more dramatic results. Some businesses have brought in a doctor or nurse to provide medical aesthetic treatments to their patients who might get laser hair removal and Botox elsewhere.
- Niche boutiques. Small businesses focusing on only one type of treatment can decrease overhead costs while providing excellent service. Niche boutiques have become popular for treatments like laser hair and tattoo removal. While these cosmetic treatments typically require multiple sessions to be effective, this can turn new clients into repeat customers.
- Fitness centers. Recently, some national fitness chains have begun to offer cosmetic laser treatments as part of their in-house spa amenities. Fitness centers are capitalizing on their current member base and expanding to non-members to provide a one-stop-shop.
Cosmetic Laser Training at National Laser Institute
At National Laser Institute, we offer a cosmetic laser course for estheticians, total career changers, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals looking for continuing education in the medical aesthetics field. The best part: These courses can be completed in just one to two weeks!
Students who complete cosmetic laser training will learn a wide range of laser treatments, including laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction and tattoo removal.
The first half of the course is spent in the classroom learning from experienced and professional instructors. During the second portion of the course, students receive hands-on clinical training, working on scheduled patients in an educational setting.
At the end of our laser training course, students are prepared to work with cosmetic lasers in settings that include medical spas, plastic surgeon’s office and other medical practices.