Beauticians and related occupations


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Beauticians and related workers give facial and body beauty treatments, apply cosmetics and dress wigs.


There are no minimum academic requirements for entry, although some colleges require candidates to possess GCSEs/S grades. NVQs/SVQs in Beauty Therapy are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Professional qualifications are also available.

Typical tasks

  • discusses clients requirements, analyses and advises client on appropriate skin care, and applies treatments to the face or body;
  • massages scalp, face and other parts of the body and carries out spray tanning;
  • uses waxing, threading, sugaring and other epilation techniques to remove any unwanted body hair;
  • cleans, shapes and polishes finger and toe nails, applies nail extensions;
  • applies make-up to hide blemishes or enhance facial features and advises clients on skin care and make-up techniques;
  • performs specialist treatments for conditions such as acne, applies skin rejuvenation therapies;
  • recognises problems and refers clients to medical practitioners if appropriate;
  • advises clients on diet and exercise to assist in weight loss and slimming;
  • maintains client records, sells and advises on cosmetic products and services, and ensures appropriate health and safety issues are addressed.

Common job titles

Artist, body
Consultant, wig
Consultant, beauty
Artist, make-up
Consultant, slimming
Technician, nail
Dresser, wig
Maker, mask (beautician)
Practitioner, sugaring
Consultant, image (beautician)
Consultant, piercing, ear
Therapist, beauty
Aesthetician, medical
Adviser, beauty
Therapist, spa
Leader (slimming club)
Piercer, body
Analyst, colour
Lecturer, watchers, weight
Specialist, beauty

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.