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What classes in college should I take to become an esthetician?

I want to prepare myself as much as possible. I'm really looking forward to this career choice. :)

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Genevieve’s Answer

Hello! I have a bachelors in advertising and then a few years later received my esthetician license. To actually practice esthetics, you must get your license which requires specific education at a trade school (varies by state so check on your requirements). However, when it comes to esthetics, that is the smallest battle. You are going to be running a business regardless of if you're your own boss or you work in a salon. Regardless, you'll need to know how to manage people (whether it's a team or yourself), know economics of running a business including taxes, marketing to market your services because you need customers, and something that's often overlooked is science: health, anatomy and chemistry. You are working with bodies and chemicals such as the ingredients in skincare products. Your customers are going to want to know what those ingredients are doing to their skin, you will need to know what your sanitation products are doing, you will need to be able to identify skin conditions, etc. So my advice is to take a lot of business classes for the business backbone and then some general health and anatomy. The more you know, the more people will trust you and lead you to a thriving business. After that, put your marketing skills to work and get some clients. Good luck!
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Andrew’s Answer

Typically, to become an esthetician you can take a preparatory program from a technical college. These technical programs usually are offered by schools that focus on beauty related careers (ex. an academy of cosmetology), but are sometimes offered by "technical colleges" (ex. Devry, etc) which offer other technical degrees (nursing, food preparation, automobile repair, etc.). Here is one of many technical college directories, which I'm including just to give a bit more of an idea of these types of schools are like:

https://bestaccreditedcolleges.org/articles/esthetician-how-do-i-become-an-esthetician.html

These "technical" programs take around 1 year (to obtain a degree as an esthetician), and are not like traditional university or community college degrees which have a major (ex. business, engineering, music, etc) but where students also take other general courses not related to the major (like in elementary or high school).

If you decide to do an esthetician program, you can decide to do another more traditional university or community college either afterwards, before or even at the same time (depending on how much time and budget to pay for the education is available).

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Chris’s Answer

A few of the classes found within a full esthetics program include:

- Reflexology.
- Skin conditions and disorders.
- Sales and salon management.
- Aromatherapy and body treatments.
- Hair removal and waxing.
- Cosmetic sciences.
- Human physiology and anatomy.
- Safety and sanitation.

Be sure to complete a program in Esthetics through an approved institution. An approved program will consist of at the minimum 600 hours of training in all aspects of the field. A few of the schools also offer blended programs which allow students gain valuable experience and become licensed in other areas of cosmetology at the same time.

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