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A Career in Beauty Therapy

Interviews
Feb 10, 2012

Interested in becoming a part of the booming beauty therapy and wellness sector but not quite sure where to start? For the most attractive career prospects you really need to get the right education and training to maximise your chances of success. A nationally accredited and recognised qualification is the perfect entry into the beauty, spa and wellness therapies sector. ntpages caught up with Tricia Lee from the Australasian Academy of Wellness Therapies (AAOWT) to find out more about their Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

What attributes do I need to be a beauty therapist?

"Besides having an aptitude for your chosen career you need to be socially mature and committed to being a professional practitioner."

What career prospects can I expect after completing the Diploma course?

"Graduates in the diploma can expect to be employed in wellness spas, spa resorts, day spas and beauty salons here in Australia or overseas."

Tell us a bit about the course content for this Diploma?

"Besides receiving instruction in performing a range of beauty treatments there are also units in communication in the workplace, applying safe work practices as well as electives in planning spa programs and applying First Aid. Students can also gain exposure to modules on hydrotherapy and steam treatments amongst others."

What is the course duration?

"It is run over a year full time based on three days attendance per week plus work experience."

Is their a practical element to the course?

"Yes, absolutely students complete 120 hours of hands-on clinical experience in our spa clinic during their studies."

If I don’t want to enrol in the Diploma what other options do I have?

"You have the option of the Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy or Certificate III in Beauty Services – both available through AAOWT."

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FAQs About a Career in Beauty Therapy

Is beauty therapy a good career?

Definitely! Beauty therapy is a multi-billion-dollar industry that will continue to grow in the foreseeable future. According to the Australian government, the number of beauty therapists in the country is expected to surge to 42,800 by 2023 from 36,100 in 2018.

Why do you want to be a beauty therapist?

If making others feel good about themselves and more confident brings tremendous joy to your heart, you were born to be a beauty therapist. No other job lets you work closely with different people every day, enhancing their best features with the right makeup or treatment.

How many years does it take to become a beauty therapist?

If you're dead set on becoming a beauty therapist, you have to complete a qualification such as a Diploma of Beauty Therapy. This course takes a little over a year to complete. Your other options include a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy and a Certificate III in Beauty Services, which have a duration of 10 months and 6 months, respectively.

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