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How to become a Cosmetic Nurse

Cosmetic Nurses carry out a range of non-surgical procedures including laser treatments, cosmetic injectables, chemical peels and other dermal procedures.

If you’re great with people, and love helping people feel their best, a career as a Cosmetic Nurse could be worth considering.


About you:


  • Good bedside manner and strong interpersonal skills
  • Compassionate and patient
  • Organised and efficient with good computer skills
  • Technical skills for using various pieces of equipment
  • Attention to detail
  • Committed to continuous learning to keep knowledge and skills up to date


The job:


  • Confirming appointments and greeting patients
  • Carrying out initial consultations and performing aesthetic procedures
  • Administering Botox, dermal fillers and other injectables
  • Carrying out facials, peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments
  • Tattoo removal
  • Clinical management, updating patient reports, ensuring legislative compliance
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans
  • May assist with pre- and post-operative care and monitoring of patients who’ve received cosmetic surgery and assist during surgical procedures


Lifestyle Impact: Low


  • Part Time opportunities: Moderate – around 51% of Cosmetic Nurses work part-time (source: joboutlook.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 42 hours a week, which is average (source: joboutlook.gov.au).
  • Cosmetic Nurses’ salary (average) $85,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Very strong (source: joboutlook.gov.au).
  • You will be doing all of your work indoors, in settings such as hospitals and private clinics.
  • There is lots of flexibility to work part-time, and you may also have to do shift work.


Cosmetic Nurses are most in demand in these locations:


This is a very large occupation, with around 169,000 people working as Electricians in Australia in 2020 (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au). Demand for Electricians is spread evenly across Australia, with a higher-than-average demand in Western Australia and Queensland. Most Electricians work in the Construction industry.


How to become a Cosmetic Nurse in Australia


You will need to complete a relevant nursing qualification, then specialise as a Cosmetic Nurse.


Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English and Maths. Biology and Chemistry may also be useful.


Step 2 – Study a Bachelor of Nursing at university.


Step 3 – Make sure you are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) as a Registered Nurse, and complete at least a year of work experience as an RN.


Step 4 – Complete a Graduate Certificate of Cosmetic Nursing to upskill as a Cosmetic Nurse.


Step 5 – Continue with lifelong learning and professional development throughout your career, and keep your qualifications up to date.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Do I need to go to university to become a Cosmetic Nurse?


Yes, you will need both a formal qualification and be eligible to register with Ahpra to work as a Cosmetic Nurse in Australia.


Where do Cosmetic Nurses work?


Cosmetic Nurses can work in a variety of settings, including public and private hospitals, private clinics, or even in research and development.


What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Cosmetic Nurse?


If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Cosmetic Nurse is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Start building on important skills like communication and interpersonal skills by doing volunteer work in the community. This looks great on uni and job applications too.
  2. See if you can find work experience in a healthcare setting. This will help you see if you might enjoy the work, and can help you start building important contacts for the future.
  3. Talk to a Cosmetic Nurse to see what a day in their life is like. If you don’t know anyone, see if you can watch videos or documentaries about a career in nursing or healthcare.



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