The South Australian hair and beauty industry employs 6,700 people, which is 0.8% of the State’s workforce.

Most people in this industry work in hairdressing or beauty treatment salons.

Employment is available throughout South Australia but most jobs are in the metropolitan area.

Job openings for skilled workers

Beauty therapist



Quick facts about this industry

  • Slightly more people work full-time in this industry than part-time.
  • Most of the workforce have a trade qualification (certificate III or higher).
  • The majority of workers are women.
  • People are generally younger than those in other industries.
  • To work in the hair and beauty industry you need to enjoy talking to people, have good hand-eye coordination and be able to work under pressure.
  • On average, hairdressers earn between $400 and $600 per week. Nail technicians and beauty therapists earn about $600 per week and make-up artists can earn on average about $900 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Personal services

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • Certificates III and IV in Hairdressing
  • Certificate III in Make-up
  • Certificate III in Nail Technology
  • Certificate III in Barbering
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Salon Management

See courses related to this industry.

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Hair and beauty jobs are available in salons, department stores and on cruise ships. Other options include working at a magazine, photographic studio, theatre or television company. Some workers in the industry may also run their own business.

Hairdressers cut, style, colour, straighten and permanently wave hair. They also provide clients with hair and scalp treatments.

Beauty therapists apply face and body treatments. They also advise on skin care.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Barber, beautician, hair and beauty salon assistant, make-up artist, nail technician or trichologist.

Related industries for these occupations:

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.

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