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Career and Education Opportunities for Skin Care Specialists in Little Rock, Arkansas

If you want to be a skin care specialist, the Little Rock, Arkansas area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, ninety people work as skin care specialists in Arkansas. This is expected to grow by 36% to 120 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for skin care specialists are expected to grow by about 37.9%. Skin care specialists generally provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

A person working as a skin care specialist can expect to earn about $11 per hour or $24,910 annually on average in Arkansas and about $13 per hour or $28,730 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for skin care specialists are better than earnings in the general category of Personal Care in Arkansas and better than general Personal Care category earnings nationally.

There are eight schools within twenty-five miles of Little Rock where you can study to be a skin care specialist, among twenty-five schools of higher education total in the Little Rock area. Given that the most common education level for skin care specialists is a post-secondary certificate, you can expect to spend a short time studying to be 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 Little Rock 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

Ouachita Technical College - Malvern, AR

Ouachita Technical College, One College Cir, Malvern, AR 72104-0816. Ouachita Technical College is a small college located in Malvern, Arkansas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,600 students. Ouachita Technical College has a less than one year and a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated eleven and eighteen students respectively in 2008.

Lees School of Cosmetology - North Little Rock, AR

Lees School of Cosmetology, 2700 W. Pershing Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 72114-3800. Lees School of Cosmetology is a small school located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 41 students. Lees School of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixteen students in 2008.

Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway - Conway, AR

Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway, 2320 Washington Ave, Conway, AR 72032. Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway is a small school located in Conway, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 35 students. Arthur's Beauty School Inc-Conway has 2 areas of study related to Skin Care Specialist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 24 students in 2008.
  • Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist, less than one year which graduated 7 students in 2008.

Arkansas Beauty School - Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Beauty School, 5108 Baseline Rd, Little Rock, AR 72209. Arkansas Beauty School is a small school located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 35 students. Arkansas Beauty School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

Bee Jays Academy - Little Rock, AR

Bee Jays Academy, 1907 Hinson Loop, Little Rock, AR 72212. Bee Jays Academy is a small school located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 27 students. Bee Jays Academy has 2 areas of study related to Skin Care Specialist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 32 students in 2008.
  • Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist, less than one year which graduated 4 students in 2008.

Pulaski Technical College - North Little Rock, AR

Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118-3347. Pulaski Technical College is a medium sized college located in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,092 students. Pulaski Technical College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated sixteen students in 2008.

Arkansas Beauty School - Conway, AR

Arkansas Beauty School, 1061 Markham St, Conway, AR 72032. Arkansas Beauty School is a small school located in Conway, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 39 students. Arkansas Beauty School has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-one students in 2008.

Arthur's Beauty College Inc - Jacksonville, AR

Arthur's Beauty College Inc, 2600 John Harden Dr, Jacksonville, AR 72076. Arthur's Beauty College Inc is a small college located in Jacksonville, Arkansas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 50 students. Arthur's Beauty College Inc has 2 areas of study related to Skin Care Specialist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 45 students in 2008.
  • Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist, less than one year.

LICENSES

Aesthetician

Licensing agency: Arkansas Department of Health
Address: Cosmetology Section, 101 East Capitol, Suite 108, Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: (501) 682-2168
Website: Arkansas Department of Health Cosmetology Section

LOCATION INFORMATION: Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas photo by Broooooooce

Little Rock is located in Pulaski County, Arkansas. It has a population of over 189,515, which has grown by 3.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Little Rock, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Little Rock cost $236,400 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, three hundred sixty-one new homes were built in Little Rock, down from seven hundred thirty-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Little Rock are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 35.5% of Little Rock residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Little Rock is 6.1%, which is less than Arkansas's average of 6.9%.

The percentage of Little Rock residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 59.1%, is more than both the national and state average. Macedonia Spiritual Church, Baseline Christian Church and Baseline Missionary Baptist Church are all churches located in Little Rock. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Little Rock is home to the Rock Creek Golf Course and the Barton Coliseum as well as McArthur Park Historic District and Meriwether Park. Shopping malls in the area include Mainstreet Market Shopping Center, Market Street Plaza Shopping Center and Markham Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Little Rock can choose from LA Quinta - Inns- Medical Center Area, Hampton Inn & Suites and Acme Motel for temporary stays in the area.