June 7, 2010
Anytime one gets to work with lasers, it has to be fairly interesting, right? Certainly, cosmetic laser technicians think so.
OK, this isn't Luke Skywalker kind of stuff, but it does involve cutting-edge technology and training.
What They Do
Most cosmetic laser technicians work in medical spas, using laser therapy for hair removal, skin tightening and other cosmetic applications. A cosmetic laser technician must be a licensed esthetician, and generally work under a physician's supervision in a medical spa after completing training to use a cosmetic laser for a variety of skin-care applications.
Their responsibilities include evaluating the skin-care concerns of a client, conferring with a medical doctor to develop the best treatment plan and applying the laser treatment. The most common service laser techs provide is hair removal. Other popular services include removing tattoos, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, varicose veins and treating the chronic skin condition, Rosacea.
Qualifications and Education
According to Education-portal.com, there are a variety of certification programs for becoming a cosmetic laser technician. Some can last a few weeks, while others involve 7 months of training. Certification requirements vary from state-to-state, but coursework may include such topics as hair removal, laser safety and acne reduction. Previous training as an esthetician is usually necessary; however, in some cases, both certifications can be completed simultaneously.
Compensation and Demand
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a healthy future for this career. Salaries vary, but a range of $11 to $17 per hour is typical. BLS places the occupation of skin care specialists among the top 30 fastest-growing occupations in America through 2016.
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