Beauty Careers

There’s a constant demand for beauty professionals in South Africa. Put your artistic abilities and entrepreneurial mind to good use and explore Beauty Careers.

Jobs in this Industry

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Salon Manager

Being a Salon Manager is a title with a cause. You want to ensure that every customer that walks into your Salon leaves looking their best. Like Oprah said “live your best life”.
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A Nail Technician doing a manicure. Learn these skills with our Beauty Courses.

Nail Technician

A chance to become your own boss and spreading joy through nail art? Who would say no to that? Becoming a Nail Technician is an exciting career choice.
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Makeup Artist

Do you have a passion for making your friends and family always look their best? Know what is the difference between mascara and eyeliner? Do you love trying out new looks?
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Career Opportunities in Beauty 

The beauty industry is broad and constantly growing. With so many special celebrations and the need for self-care, the demand for beauty professionals are increasing. If you want to be part of the beauty revolution, here’s some of the career options you can explore:

  • Makeup Artist 
  • Nail Technician
  • Salon Manager
  • Massage Therapist

What Skills do you Need to get a Career in Beauty? 

To enjoy a successful career in the beauty industry, you will need a combination of technical skills and soft skills. Both these skills will have an impact on whether or not your clients will be returning customers. Here’s some of the skills you need for a Career in Beauty:

  • Customer service skills – give your clients a world-class experience to make sure they will recommend your services and return. 
  • Time management – don’t skimp on service and make sure you tend to all your customers in a timely manner. 
  • Hand-eye coordination – execute your services with precision.

Where do Beauty Therapist Work?

Beauty therapists are among the lucky ones when it comes to choosing where they would like to work. There are plenty of opportunities available to them in various work environments within the service industry. These are the options available to them.

Cruise Ships

Cruise ship passengers are always looking for ways to indulge in leisure and luxury. No cruise ship experience is complete without a visit to the spa. As a result, there will always be a demand for beauty therapists onboard cruise ships.

Hotels and Resorts

If you would like a more relaxing work environment, then consider seeking employment at a hotel or resort. Clients will count on you to give them a relaxing experience while they’re on holiday.


They can be found in most malls, business parks or in just about any area. Depending on the location, salons are known for getting quite a high volume of clients. This is perfect for those who thrive in a busy working environment.

From Home

Many beauty professionals follow their own path and create a space where they can work from home. They are in charge of their own hours and therefore in charge of the money they make. Beauty careers allows you to become an entrepreneur. 

How Much do Beauty Therapists Earn?

Beauty Therapists and anyone within the beauty industry have the potential to earn a respectable income. Their salary will depend on the company they work for and their profession within the beauty industry. Those who are self-employed with a large clientele have the potential to earn even more. Here’s what the average beauty professional earns according to Indeed:

  • Nail Technician – R 5 600
  • Makeup Artist – R5 900
  • Massage Therapist – R8 300
  • Salon Manager – R 14 000

Kickstart your Beauty Career with Skills AcademyHow do I Start a Career in Beauty?

Looking to get your foot in the door in the beauty industry? You first need to figure out which job or career best suits you. Once you know what you want to do, you can use the following as a guideline to achieving your dreams. 

Get an Education 

Your first step would be to get an education. If you are currently working and don’t want to give up on your financial responsibilities, your best bet would be to look for a part-time or distance learning institution to study. We offer beauty courses via distance learning that could help you kick-start your career. You can juggle your studies with your work and personal life. There are no scheduled class or exams for any of our beauty courses. 

Gain Experience

If you look through the classifieds, you will see that most beauty careers requires you to have some sort of experience. You can get experience by gaining an apprenticeship or internships at a salon or offering your services on a freelance basis. It’s better to gain experience as soon as you can, to improve your craft and to make yourself appealing to employers. 

Enhance Your Skills 

In this industry your skills matter. If you’re not confident in your ability, then you need to improve your craft. It’s important to get enough practice. Your can enrol in a course and learn more about the theoretical aspects of the job. Our beauty courses will help you learn more about salon etiquette and customer service.

What Qualifications do you need for Beauty Careers?

There’s no specific qualification required to get a job in the beauty industry. This will vary from job to job, because recruiters have different criteria. Complete a short-course, certificate or diploma to help you get a foot in the door. Not only will this give you a competitive edge, it is an opportunity to learn. Our beauty courses could help you advance your career. After completion, you will get a Skills Academy certificate. 

Join the Beauty Revolution

Speak to one of our friendly course experts to help give your career in beauty a kick-start.

  • Call us for free on 0800 39 00 27
  • Chat to us on Whatsapp via 082 318 8892
  • Or fill out this registration form 

Author: Cherri-Lee Rhode
Last Updated: August 18, 2020

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