Are you ready to start your journey to becoming an esthetician?
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With any job, you want to continually build your repertoire of knowledge to be the best professional you can, and becoming an esthetician is no exception. Right now, you're taking a step in the right direction – you're learning about your future job. Enrolling in an esthetics program is the next and most important part of your journey. After becoming a licensed esthetician, there are several other professional development routes you can take. Discover your career path:

Esthetics program
The first official step toward developing your career is to obtain your esthetician license, which requires enrolling in an esthetics program. In skin care training, you'll learn the techniques for manual, electrical and chemical facials as well as eyebrow beautification and makeup skills.

Marinello also prepares you for this career beyond just teaching skin care and health and safety skills. A portion of the program is also geared toward professional development. You'll discover the fundamentals of business management, salesmanship and marketing, effective communication and human relations.

Continuing education
To build on your technique, it's important to enroll in other training that will further your knowledge of skin care, such as the Advanced Esthetics Training or Master Esthetics with Laser Certification programs. With the latter certification, you'll be qualified to perform laser treatments for both hair removal and skin rejuvenation. The advanced education will allow you to apply for jobs as a master esthetician, cosmetic laser technician or a skin care specialist.

If there's a technique you're particularly interested in, you can focus your continuing education to build that skill. For example, do you enjoy the makeup aspect of being an esthetician? Enroll in the Fundamentals of Makeup Artistry workshop.

Become an expert on more than technique
Part of becoming a successful esthetician involves being a great salesperson. Not only do you need to promote your own services, but if you work in a salon or spa, you'll also want to encourage clients to buy your skin care products. As such, you should include this idea in your professional development plan. Take a class, follow an online tutorial or just be proactive about selling products and offering advice. The more you do it, the better you'll become.

However, note that a good communicator doesn't just talk. He or she listens, too. This is especially important as an esthetician, since you're providing a service for your clients. Everyone has different preferences and skin care needs. Listening to what your customers say and applying their concerns to your treatment plan will help you garner a loyal clientele. Whether that involves taking a communications class or just researching online, make sure you're doing what you can to develop this ability.

Join a professional organization
Networking and staying on top of industry trends is important for all jobs, and joining a professional association can help you do that as an esthetician. Notable organizations include our partner Associated Skin Care Specialists, as well as the American Association for Esthetics and the Allied Health Association, among others.

Discover more about the Marinello esthetics program by finding a school near you.

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