As human beings, it is natural to get affected by skin problems. While some skin problems can be treated within a short period of time, many others are more severe and can be life-threatening. Thus, in order to tackle things like this, you will need the assistance of professionals. That is when the role of skin specialists comes into the picture.
Contrary to popular beliefs, these people are not doctors. They are people who have completed a specialised diploma in cosmetology education. These type of degrees are available for people from diverse educational backgrounds and age groups.
Considering the amount of money that people are ready to shell out on skincare, this is a very good career option if you want to earn good money. This article explores the various aspects of a career of a skincare specialist and tells you how you can pursue a fulfilling career here.
. Job Description
It is the job of these people to treat all sorts of skin conditions. This would involve tackling unpleasant things like acne, pimples and unwanted hair. These experts are the ones who study the skin conditions of their individual clients and come up with the best skincare products for the same.
They then advice their clients on the same. These experts are also well versed with the different dermatological ailments (which may be hereditary or otherwise) and they guide their clients through the same so that the effect of the same is minimal.
. Educational Qualifications And Certifications
In order to start your career as a skincare specialist, the minimum qualification you will need is that of being class 12 pass. The stream of your class 12 degree does not really matter. You can go for a vocational degree course after that. In some workplaces, candidates with a graduate degree are preferred.
Cosmetology programs are carried out as diploma courses in most ITIs. Esthetician courses are also carried out as a part of the job training process in organisations like VLCC, Naturals, Shahnaz Husain, etc. wherein candidates are recruited straight out of vocational school and given job-specific training before they begin their work.
The certifications given by these institutes also hold a lot of value in the real job world.
. Skill Set
Since this is a profession that is to do with beauty, you need to have an eye for details if you want to make it big here. You should be able to trust your sense of judgement and be able to chalk out what is best for a particular client. Once that is done, it is your duty to convince the client of the feasibility of the same.
For that, excellent interpersonal skills are necessary. You should also possess good documentation skills as most salons and health centres require skin specialists to maintain proper records of their work. A fair amount of marketing skills will also be required to be able to effectively sell the appropriate skincare products to the clients.
. Licence In India
After having obtained the required educational qualifications and having brushed your skill set, the next major thing would be to obtain the appropriate licences before you set up your business. This is true in the case of people who want to set up their own business and be self-employed.
The manufacturing licence and shop establishment norms vary from municipality to municipality (with the state having a considerable amount of say in the same) and you should try to find out relevant details that are valid in your context.
Other than this shop establishment (gumasta) licence, you will also have to get a PAN card made for your company. In case the salon or health centre that you set up has more than one person involved, you will also need a partnership deed. One does not need to be from the medical background or hold relevant degrees for the same.
. Employment Opportunities
Qualified people in this profession may not always choose to be self-employed. Many of them work in collaboration with spas, salons and even health centres. The demand for the services of these people exists equally across the lengths and breadths of the country. The big names in this sector include that of Lakmé, VLCC, Gold's Gym, Naturals, Shahnaz Hussain's. etc.
A number of well-established salons which are not a part of any chain also employ a good number of people. Thus, if you have the required skill set and are good at what you do, you will soon realise that there is no dearth of employment opportunities in this field.
. Work Environment
In this field, the working hours often extend for longer than that in most other professions. For most fresher-level jobs, skincare specialists have to be on their feet for a major portion of their working hours. With experience, they shift to roles that are consultancy based wherein they give advice to the clients on how to take care of their skin and health.
Since it is during the off hours and weekends that people generally manage time to visit the salon, it is during those days that these specialists have the maximum amount of work.
Thus, having understood the scope of growth in this profession, it is obvious that this is an area that has not yet been explored to its full potential. Now that you are considering a career in this field, we wish you all the good luck in your career path.