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Medical Esthetician

medical estheticianAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the skin care industry is one of the fastest growing markets in the nation. In the last few decades with the increased popularity of the internet and social media, more and more people are concerned about their outward appearance. The medical esthetics industry is dedicated to providing anti-aging and skin care rejuvenation advancements and is currently a BILLION dollar industry with expectations to increase to a 3 billion dollar market by 2016.

Medical estheticians are trained to help improve client’s skin care concerns through cosmetic laser, peels, exfoliation or injectables. Medical estheticians can perform skin care treatments on the dermal and epidermal layers of skin. If clients are seeking to improve their skin in a noninvasive way, medical estheticians are trained to provide beneficial treatments based on the client’s skin and skin concerns. The overall goal of a medical esthetician is to help people feel more confident in their skin.

Job Opportunities

The great thing about medical estheticians is that they have versatile career opportunities. As a medical esthetician, you are capable of working in the following environments:

      • In a medical spa or spa providing cosmetic laser/injectable treatments to client’s looking for anti-aging or skin rejuvenation treatments

• In a dermatology or plastic surgery clinic providing treatments to clients experiencing a wide array of skin care concerns

• In a general hospital providing treatments like anti-scarring services

• As an entrepreneur offering your own cosmetic laser/injectable services in your area

Prerequisites and Requirements

In most states, you need to meet the following requirements in order to enroll in a medical esthetic school:

      • 18 years or older

• Have earned your high school diploma or GED

• Complete a 1 – 3 week training course

• Complete required hands-on clinical training (40+ hours)

• *In a few states, you do need to be a medical professional in order to provide cosmetic laser treatments to clients. Check your state’s regulations.

medical estheticianTraining

There are many medical esthetic schools across the nation, but you need to be certain that the school you choose with meet your state’s requirements. National Laser Instituteis the leading medical esthetic school in the nation and provides quality cosmetic laser and injectable courses for those who qualify. Included in these courses are hands-on clinical training designed to meet requirements, classroom training from experts in the field, training with state-of-the-art equipment, and much more.


A salary for a medical esthetician depends on many factors–where you’re working, your location, etc. Depending on the circumstances, medical estheticians can earn a salary anywhere between $20k – $55k a year. It also depend on how long you’ve been in the field, if you earn a commission, etc.

The most important thing to keep in mind about your income as a medical esthetic is that this is a booming industry, and clients are not hard to come by! Many clients aren’t even aware of not-so-mainstream treatments like the eMatrix or MicroLaserPeels. If you can talk to clients about new, upcoming treatments designed to improve their skin care concerns, you’ll ensure that your client will return for more treatments to see if there’s anything new!

National Laser Institute

National Laser Institute’s medical esthetic school offers cosmetic laser training and cosmetic injectable training courses for students who qualify. We are recognized as gold standard education and provide students with the clinical, hands-on training they need to succeed in this industry. To learn more about medical estheticians or our training courses, please call 800.982.6817.