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Working as a Beauty Therapist: An Insight into the Industry

Beauty therapy is a fast-growing industry, offering a range of opportunities for those with a passion for skin care, makeup, and helping others feel their best. But what is it really like to work as a beauty therapist? To find out, we spoke to several professionals in the field.

“It’s all about making people feel good about themselves,” says Maria, a beauty therapist with over 10 years of experience. “When someone leaves your treatment room feeling refreshed, relaxed, and confident, it’s incredibly rewarding.”

Working as a beauty therapist requires a mix of technical skills and people skills. “You need to be confident in your knowledge of different skin types, products, and treatments,” says Rachel, a recent beauty therapy graduate. “But you also need to be able to put your clients at ease and make them feel comfortable.”

One of the key benefits of working in beauty therapy is the flexibility it offers. Many beauty therapists work part-time, allowing them to balance their work with other commitments. “I love being able to work around my family,” says Sarah, a mother of two who has been working as a beauty therapist for five years. “And the job is so varied that it never gets boring.”

However, working as a beauty therapist can also be challenging. “It can be physically demanding,” says Maria. “You’re on your feet all day and you need to have good hand-eye coordination for tasks like waxing and makeup application.”

Despite the challenges, the beauty therapy industry is full of opportunities for those who are passionate and dedicated. “There are so many different areas you can specialize in, from makeup artistry to massage therapy,” says Rachel. “And with continued professional development, the sky’s the limit in terms of where you can take your career.”

Working as a beauty therapist is a rewarding and dynamic career that offers the chance to help others feel their best while also pursuing personal and professional growth. As Maria puts it, “If you love making people feel good and have a passion for beauty, this is the job for you.”

Ready to get started?

If you’re thinking about starting your career in beauty therapy then we’ve got a couple of steps to follow:

  1. Find work experience or an entry level job that doesn’t require any training. You won’t be able to start with complex work like injectables, but you should be able to find a role in a float therapy studio or as a spa assistant that will help you work out if the industry is actually right for you
  2. Once you know you’re on a good path, start thinking about what you could study. You have two paths – study first, then find a job, OR find a traineeship and study and work at the same time. Your qualification will help you unlock higher earning roles and give you more scope to practice your skills, and many beauty therapists continue to study throughout their careers so don’t think of it as a once-off opportunity
  3. Find a job – you could find roles in spas, treatment centres, through gyms and fitness practices, or even start your own business and work independently

Check out these study options:


Ella Baché – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

Perth College of Beauty Therapy – Perth

Elly Lukas – Melbourne

Victoria University – Melbourne

TAFE Queensland – All regions

ACBT – Perth

CDU – Darwin




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