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If your passion is helping people look and feel beautiful in more ways than one, then working in the beauty industry can help you hone in on those skills. The best thing about working in this industry is the creative people you’ll work alongside and the perks that come with it.

1. Receptionist

Starting out in any industry, you’ll want to feel your way through. In the salon and spa world, working as a receptionist is easily the best way to get your foot in the door.

If you are perceptive with excellent follow-up skills, and have the ability to take the lead and accomplish tasks with minimal direction, working as a receptionist can be a fun way to explore the many other jobs the industry possesses.

2. Spa/Salon Coordinator

Are you a wiz at organization and pride yourself in your multitasking abilities? As a spa or salon coordinator, you’ll be the one the company counts on to provide clients with an amazing experience, as they are the first person that people will contact for any concern.

3. Spa Manager

Like any managerial position, you’re going to have to be able to lead a team. As a spa manager, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day operations, and is a great opportunity for someone with experience handling multiple tasks like bookkeeping, managing employees, and making sure that services offered by are up to date and reflect the spa’s standards.

4. Colorist

Walking by someone whose hair is colored to perfection, you might start looking at your own neglected roots and crave the sweet smell of chemicals that a colorist can conjure up. If you have your Cosmetology License and are creative with color, then becoming a colorist should be your next move.

5. Spa Attendant

If you’ve ever been to a spa, you understand its luxurious requirements. In every spa, there needs to be a spa attendant, someone upbeat and gracious with a friendly personality. You must possess excellent customer service skills and have experience servicing luxury clientele.

6. Nail Technician

Getting your nails done is one of those simple pleasures in life. Once you sit in that comfy chair, your eyes become entranced at the technician’s ability to use delicacy when handling the jagged edges of your poor neglected nails.

This job requires a current state manicurist or cosmetology license along with a friendly and personable demeanor.

7. Massage Therapist

If you feel you have the power and ability to relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, and increase relaxation, then becoming a massage therapist is your calling. But remember you must possess a current and valid California state massage certification (CAMTC) in order to work this type of job.

8. Hair Stylist

Do you crave creativity? Unleash your artistic talent working as a hair stylist. All you need is a valid California Cosmetology license and behind-the-chair experience! Easy peasy.

9. Spa Concierge

If you’re willing to take on a leadership role, becoming a spa concierge is a job that allows you to be in a position with great responsibility. From scheduling clients to handling finances, this role is meant for someone who can overcome obstacles and is great at multitasking.  

10. Salon Technician

If you have experience styling, coloring and precision cuts and nail services, you might want to see if this position is right for you. Like other spa jobs, you must have previous salon experience and a current California State license.

11. Wax Specialist

Ah yes, the burning smell of wax and angst that comes before heading into meet your wax specialist. Change the way people view their experience by receiving an Esthetician or Cosmetologist license and becoming a wax specialist. If you’re willing to get deep down in some unknown areas to help out the greater good, then this type of career is right up your alley.   

12. Esthetician

Good news for the skincare industry: beauty is only skin-deep. The esthetician specializes in skin and skin care, and are trained in cosmetic treatments of the skin. All estheticians must be trained and licensed and must complete 260 to 600 hours of training before offering beauty treatments and near-medical skin care services.

13. Cosmetologist

Cosmetologists are the creative wizzes of the salon industry. Cosmetologists do everything from haircuts to intricate nail art. Some of them find their passion in facials and skincare, while others focus on event makeup and photoshoot styling.

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