A Career in Beauty Therapy

A good career is one that offers you a variety of options in case you decide that you want to use your skills for something else in the same field. It is always comforting to know that your skills can be used in more than one type of job. You also want to have a career that allows you to grow and to move into better positions, or to start your own company. The field of beauty therapy makes provision for a number of different career paths. By studying beauty therapy, you will learn skills that will enable you to work for somebody else or to start your own beauty therapy business.

Career opportunities in beauty therapy

You may be wondering whether beauty therapy is a good career or not.  The media often creates unrealistic expectations in relation to various career paths, and a career as a beauty therapist might turn out not to be quite as glamorous as you expected. The best thing to do is to find out what a beauty therapist’s job description looks like and to decide whether the tasks are something you would like to do every day. Another factor to consider is the salary expectation. It is natural to want a job that is financially rewarding.

Here are some career options for you to choose from in the beauty industry:

  • Hairdresser
  • Nail technician
  • Salon manager
  • Beauty salon owner
  • Beauty therapy teacher/lecturer
  • Make-up artist
  • Skincare therapist

Where do beauty therapists work?

Most beauty therapists work in salons. Some also travel to their clients’ houses. Others work on cruise ships or in the cosmetics departments of departmental stores. Those who love travelling can also work as part of the crew for film or theatre productions, which involves travelling with the cast to do their hair and make-up as required. Beauty therapy jobs can be found both locally and abroad – you don’t have to be tied down to one country if you work in this industry.

What training do I need to become a beauty therapist?

In South Arica, there are no fixed requirements for becoming a beauty therapist. You will, however, need some kind of training to learn the relevant skills and techniques. There are a number of courses that you can study if you want to learn more about beauty therapy. Which course you choose will depend on your own career goals. If you want to become a make-up artist, for example, it would make sense to choose a course that focuses specifically on make-up application. If you hope to become a salon manager, you might be more interested in studying a course that covers not only beauty therapy, but also the business and managerial aspects involved in running a beauty salon.

At Skills Academy, we offer the following selection of courses:

Short Courses:

  • Skills Academy Short Course Certificate in Nail Care
  • Skills Academy Short Course Certificate in Facial Skincare


  • Skills Academy Certificate in Nail Care
  • Skills Academy Certificate in Make-up Application
  • Skills Academy Certificate in Facial Skincare

Advanced Certificates:

  • Skills Academy Advanced Certificate Nail Care
  • Skills Academy Advanced Certificate in Make-up Application
  • Skills Academy Advanced Certificate in Facial Skincare

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