In Demand: Medical Aestheticians
If you'd enjoy working in a medical environment where you use your artistic and interpersonal skills to help people enhance their appearance, consider a career as a medical aesthetician.

What They Do

Medical aestheticians are state-licensed skin-care specialists who consult with patients and apply skin-care products and makeup to help improve patients' appearance and overall sense of well being following illness, trauma and surgery. They may also help patients relax by giving them facial massages and other spa-like treatments.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical aestheticians' responsibilities vary according to their place of employment. While the responsibilities of those who work in plastic surgeons' offices may include providing pre- and post-operative skin-care treatments, those working in dermatologists' offices may perform exfoliation, medical peels and other skin rejuvenation procedures, and those working in burn units may care for burn-recovery patients' wounds and teach them how to apply makeup to conceal the injuries.

Qualifications

The educational route for medical aestheticians begins with earning a high school diploma or GED and then attending cosmetology school to earn another diploma or associate degree. A state license is also required to work in this field. Education-Portal.com notes that although there are no additional requirements for aestheticians who desire a medical specialization, students can make themselves more marketable by taking college-level science courses such as biology and anatomy or a 1200-hour aesthetician training program that familiarizes them with the latest advances in the field. Some students take jobs or volunteer positions in a medical setting to learn the ropes while obtaining their credentials.

The Demand

O*NET OnLine predicts that medical aesthetician job growth between 2008 and 2018 will be 20 percent or greater, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As of May 2008, the BLS estimated that the average annual salary for skin-care specialists who work in the medical field ranges from $38,050 to $41,540, depending on the medical setting.

For more information visit DegreeDictionary.org, O*NET OnLine, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Plastic Surgery Practice.