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Job Title: Beauty Therapist


Beauty Therapist specialises in the skin and body care, massage and makeup. Beauty therapists apply and market face, body, feet and hand treatments and makeup.

Typical Job Activities

Applying and marketing face, body, feet and hand treatments and makeup
Give advice on how to use colours, find a personal style, look after skin and body, and choose and use skincare products
Highlight and accentuate existing features
Remove unwanted hair or cover up blemishes
Provide treatments that relieve tension and boost mental well-being
Ensure clients feel good about themselves inside and out

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Related Occupations

Body Make-up Artist
Health & Beauty Technologist
Make-up Artist
Massage Therapist
Beauty consultant

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Educational Requirements

National Senior Certificate
Various relevant diplomas - most universities of technology, e.g. CPUT, DUT One year or less or on the job training
Various certificate courses  from FET colleges and private beauty schools

Compulsory subjects: Life Sciences
Recommended subjects: Physical Sciences

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be good with your hands
Be professional
Be hygienic
Be neat and presentable
Be friendly
Have a knowledge for fashion and love for continuous learning
Have excellent communication skills
Have to fit with high stamina levels
Be good with time management

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


International Employment Opportunities


Possible Employers

Big private companies: health spas, hotels, beauty salons, television make-up studios, sales & marketing & gyms and health clubs
Medium or small Companies: health spas, hotels, beauty salons, universities/ training colleges, skin-care clinics & gyms and health clubs
Own small business
Self-employed: Contractor, consultant, own practice, freelance

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Working Conditions

Working hours can vary depending on quantity of work; working throughout opening hours, working on an appointment-only basis and coming in when required.

Typical salon opening hours are from 9am-6pm, Monday to Saturday, and some even open on Sundays.

Opportunities to work part-time or during evenings to suit the hours of working clients.

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Career Progress and Path

Further Studies in the specific career field
Further studies in related fields
Experience in specific fields
Experience in related fields
General management studies

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
Management positions in related fields
General business management
Consultant/ contractor/ own practice/ freelance
Own business

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career:

A job in private companies
To start my own business
A stable job
To become a manager
To be of service to people
To work with my hands
To work with technology
To learn new things
To work with people
To work flexible hours
To work internationally
To focus on a specific field
To apply my special skills
To work on my own

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