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Career and Education Opportunities for Skin Care Specialists in Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for skin care specialists. There are currently 4,200 jobs for skin care specialists in California and this is projected to grow 43% to 6,000 jobs by 2016. This is better than 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.

The income of a skin care specialist is about $16 per hour or $34,490 annually on average in California. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $13 per hour or $28,730 per year on average. Incomes for skin care specialists are better than in the overall category of Personal Care in California, and better than the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are six schools within twenty-five miles of Sacramento where you can study to be a skin care specialist, among forty-two schools of higher education total in the Sacramento area. The most common level of education for skin care specialists is a post-secondary certificate. It will take a short time to learn 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 Sacramento 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.
  • Personal Home Care Aide. Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Skin Care Specialist Training

My Le's Beauty College - Sacramento, CA

My Le's Beauty College, 5972 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95824-3039. My Le's Beauty College is a small college located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 100 students. My Le's Beauty College has 2 areas of study related to Skin Care Specialist. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 75 students in 2008.
  • Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist, less than one year which graduated 11 students in 2008.

Sacramento City College - Sacramento, CA

Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822-1386. Sacramento City College is a large college located in Sacramento, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 26,175 students. Sacramento City College has less than one year, one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-eight, forty-five, five, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology - Sacramento, CA

Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology, 5522 Garfield Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841. Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology is a small school located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 573 students. Elite Progressive School of Cosmetology has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated thirty-seven students in 2008.

Milan Institute of Cosmetology - Fairfield, CA

Milan Institute of Cosmetology, 934 Missouri St, Fairfield, CA 94533. Milan Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in Fairfield, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 122 students. Milan Institute of Cosmetology has a less than one year program in Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist which graduated four students in 2008.

MTI College - Sacramento, CA

MTI College, 5221 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841-9817. MTI College is a small college located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 708 students and an admission rate of 67%. MTI College has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 121 students in 2008.

Federico Beauty Institute - Sacramento, CA

Federico Beauty Institute, 1515 Sports Drive Ste 100, Sacramento, CA 95834. Federico Beauty Institute is a small school located in Sacramento, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 236 students. Federico Beauty Institute has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 119 students in 2008.

LICENSES

Esthetician

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer Affairs
Address: Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, P.O. Box 944226, Sacramento, CA 94244-2260

Phone: (800) 952-5210
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

LOCATION INFORMATION: Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California photo by Urdangaray

Sacramento is located in Sacramento County, California. It has a population of over 463,794, which has grown by 13.9% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Sacramento, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Sacramento are valued at $185,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, nine hundred thirty-four new homes were constructed in Sacramento, down from 1,337 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Sacramento are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 23.9% of Sacramento residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Sacramento is 14.7%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Sacramento residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 36.9%, is less than both the national and state average. Pearly Gate Missionary Baptist Church, Peace Lutheran Church and Parkview Presbyterian Church are among the churches located in Sacramento. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Assemblies of God.

Sacramento is home to the Southern Pacific Shops and the Bing Maloney Golf Course as well as Alkali Flat North Historic District and Silva Field. Shopping centers in the area include Farmers Center Shopping Center, Florin Square Shopping Center and Franklin and Florin Shopping Center. Visitors to Sacramento can choose from Best Western Sutter House, Best for Less Motel-Cababa Lodge and AAA Residence Inn for temporary stays in the area.