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Career and Education Opportunities for Skin Care Specialists in Birmingham, Alabama

Skin care specialists can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Birmingham, Alabama area. About 290 people are currently employed as skin care specialists in Alabama. By 2016, this is expected to grow 35% to 390 people employed. This is not quite as good as the national trend for skin care specialists, which sees this job pool growing by about 37.9% over the next eight years. Skin care specialists generally provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

Income for skin care specialists is about $10 per hour or $21,080 annually on average in Alabama. Nationally, their income is about $13 hourly or $28,730 yearly. Incomes for skin care specialists are better than in the overall category of Personal Care in Alabama, and better than the overall Personal Care category nationally.

The Birmingham area is home to fifteen schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Birmingham where you can get a degree as a skin care specialist. Given that the most common education level for skin care specialists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time training to become a skin care specialist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Skin Care Specialist

Skin Care Specialist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, skin care specialists provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

Skin care specialists sterilize equipment and clean work areas. They also cleanse patrons' skin with water or lotions. Equally important, skin care specialists have to decide on and apply cosmetic products such as creams and tonics. They are often called upon to demonstrate how to wash and care for skin properly and recommend skin-care regimens. They are expected to treat the facial skin to preserve and improve its appearance, using specialized techniques and products. Finally, skin care specialists furnish facial and body massages.

Every day, skin care specialists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for skin care specialists to apply chemical peels to decrease fine lines and age spots. They are often called upon to remove body and facial hair by applying wax. They also advise patrons about colors and types of makeup and instruct them in makeup application techniques. They are sometimes expected to sell makeup to patrons. Somewhat less frequently, skin care specialists are also expected to demonstrate how to wash and care for skin properly and recommend skin-care regimens.

They also have to be able to perform simple extractions to remove blackheads and keep records of client needs and preferences and the services provided. And finally, they sometimes have to refer patrons to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.

Like many other jobs, skin care specialists must be reliable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Birmingham include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • Hairdresser. Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
  • Makeup Artist. Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
  • Manicurist. Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Skin Care Specialist Training

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus - Birmingham, AL

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus, 3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221-1717. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus is a small college located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,507 students. Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and seventeen students respectively in 2008.

Southeastern School of Cosmetology - Birmingham, AL

Southeastern School of Cosmetology, 849 Dennison Ave. SW, Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35211-3865. Southeastern School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 95 students. Southeastern School of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated twenty-two students in 2008.

Bevill State Community College - Sumiton, AL

Bevill State Community College, 101 State St, Sumiton, AL 35148. Bevill State Community College is a small college located in Sumiton, Alabama. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 3,860 students. Bevill State Community College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated zero and sixteen students respectively in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama photo by Eric_in_SF

Birmingham is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. It has a population of over 228,798, which has shrunk by 5.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Birmingham, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Birmingham cost $187,300 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, one hundred thirty-two new homes were built in Birmingham, down from two hundred thirty-two the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Birmingham are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and health care. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 18.5% of Birmingham residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Birmingham is 12.5%, which is greater than Alabama's average of 10.7%.

The percentage of Birmingham residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 60.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Williams Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Westminister Presbyterian Church and West End Methodist Church are all churches located in Birmingham. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Birmingham is home to the Mineral Park Municipal Golf Course and the Cooper Green Golf Course as well as Avondale Mills Park and Smithfield Historic District. Shopping malls in the area include Acipco Shopping Center, Altadena Square Shopping Center and Parkway East Huffman Shopping Center. Visitors to Birmingham can choose from Marriott Hotel Birmingham, Rime Garden Extended Stay Suites and Studioplus for temporary stays in the area.