Esthetician: Career Diploma Description

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Are you interested in helping people look their best? An esthetician diploma will help you meet your career goals and set you on a course to land the job you want. Typical coursework includes histology, skin disorders, dermatology and skin nutrition. Read on to find out specifics about this diploma.
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What is an Esthetician Diploma?

This diploma will teach you all you need to know to become a professional skin care consultant. You will learn skills and techniques to allow you to provided personalized skin and beauty care and improve the appearance of others. Upon completion of the diploma, you will be able to find entry-level work in the field of cosmetology.

Skills You Will Learn

In an esthetician diploma program, you will be taught how to recognize and treat skin care issues and ailments. This includes the use of products and treatments to get people to look their best. You will learn about the theoretical side of skin care, including the anatomy of cells and the chemistry of cosmetology. Also, you will learn about the professional side of esthetics, including salon management and personal communication.


Typical courses for an esthetician diploma include:

  • Histology
  • Chemistry for Estheticians
  • Skin Disorders and Dermatology
  • Skin Nutrition
  • Cell Anatomy and Physiology
  • Bacteriology

Why Get an Esthetician Diploma?

Competition for the most sought-after cosmetology jobs is fierce and the best positions go to those with significant training and education. An esthetician diploma will give you a leg up in your job search and a competitive edge over other job seekers.

What Can I do with an Esthetician Diploma?

With an esthetician diploma you can find your way into entry-level positions at a variety of sites including spas, resorts, skin care clinics, and salons. Another option is to start your own private skin care practice.

Job Outlook and Salary

The job outlook for estheticians is favorable, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( They predict that the demand for skin care experts will increase about as fast as the national average until at least the year 2014. The median annual income for estheticians was about $24,000 in 2004.

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