Beauty therapists perform a range of facial and body care treatments on their clients.

Where beauty therapists are employed

Beauty therapists work mainly in private salons or hairdressing salons, and many are self-employed. Some beauty therapists are employed by cosmetic companies to work in large department stores that have sections specialising in skin care and cosmetics.


Full-time beauty therapists in South Australia generally earn less than $600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for beauty therapists

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 479 people employed full-time as beauty therapists in South Australia compared with 417 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a beauty therapist you usually have to complete a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in beauty therapy. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

You can also become a beauty therapist through an apprenticeship or traineeship in beauty therapy. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. For more information see apprenticeships and traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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