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Beauty Therapy


There’s no doubt that the area of Beauty Therapy is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

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45,500 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2022

If you’re thinking about a career in beauty, you need to be a people person, a great communicator, business-minded and creative. A love of trying out new products and treatments is also an advantage. With potentially moderate but flexible hours, you’ll also need to be hard working and dedicated to your craft.

What job roles are there in beauty?

There are a wide variety of roles available in this sector. Some of the job roles you could undertake in this profession are Beauty Therapist, Nail Salon Manager or Small Business Owner. Below is everything you need to know about starting your career.

Not only are there lots of opportunities to develop your skills over time, but the demand for people within the beauty industry across Australia is also expected to rise over the next few years. Below is everything you need to know about starting your career.

What skills do you need to work in beauty?

Employers look for beauty therapy workers who can connect with others, communicate clearly and are well presented. Other skills they value include:

  • well presented
  • ability to talk to different types of people
  • communication skills
  • interest in learning new techniques
  • business-minded
  • self-starter

If you’d like to provide beauty therapy treatments in a salon, here is everything you wanted to know about this exciting profession. Beauty services are a terrific place for business entrepreneurs to make their mark for their clients.

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Beauty therapy industry insights

There's no doubt that the area of Beauty Therapy is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

Beauty Therapy Outlook
  • Future job growth
    Strong growth expected
    *Up to 29,000 job openings over the next 5 years. *Source
  • Occupation size
    There are 35,400 workers in this (or similar) professions.*Source
  • Regions
    Most regions
    Job roles for this profession can be found in most areas of Australia.*Source
Beauty Industry Salary
  • Full time
    Beauty therapists
    Average of $35,000 - 55,000 per annum
  • Full time
    Hairdressing salon managers
    Average of $52,500 - 60,800 per annum
  • Full time
    Nail salon managers
    Average of $52,500 - 60,801 per annum
  • Considerations
    Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on.
Beauty Therapy Age Range
  • 34 years old and younger
  • 35-54 years
  • 55 years and older
Beauty Therapy Education Levels
  • Below Certificate III
  • Certificate III and IV
  • Diploma and above

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Why study salon management with Upskilled?

Thinking of joining this exciting profession? Upskilled’s beauty therapy courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility of organising your study around your life. You can also study at your own pace, and work at the same time if you choose to. The SHB50216 Diploma of Salon Management is a great option.

What will you learn?

Among other things, you'll be trained on how to work effectively in a retail environment and participate in environmentally sustainable work practices as you provide services to your clients. Good communication skills and how to listen to your clients is also covered.

You’ll also learn skills such as how to advise on beauty services, how to manage a salon, and how to build relationships with customers.

What other study perks do you get with Upskilled?

Furthermore, your online course includes:

  • comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study
  • a dedicated online lecturer will be provided to assist you in your learning process and offer academic support
  • access to a range of collaboration and communication tools that enable you to network and discuss with other students in your field, further enriching your overall student experience.

Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can boost your chances of employment and more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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