Becoming a Nail Technician

Becoming a Nail Technician

Does your dream job include being social and making people happy? Do you have an artistic eye for detail? Becoming a manicurist or nail technician just may be your career calling!

What is the average salary of a nail tech?
The average manicurist/pedicurist makes a median salary of $10 per hour or $20,000 annually according to bls.gov. Most manicurists work full time but some choose to work part time. Tips are not added into the median range due to the wild fluctuation in monies received. The job outlook for a nail technician or manicurist is expected to grow 10% between now and 2024, which is faster than average. Because receiving a manicure and pedicure are considered low-cost luxuries, people of all income levels will indulge in this luxury multiple times per year.

How long does nail technician training take?
To become a nail technician, you must be at least 16 years old and have completed a cosmetology or nail tech program. Most people spend six months to two years training at a specialized school before launching their career. To work as a licensed nail technician, you must pass a state board exam, the criteria varies from state to state. State boards will test the blossoming nail techs knowledge both in written and practical form. Try out some practice questions from the state board practice exam.

More about nail tech training
Many cosmetology schools offer courses with classroom and hands-on nail technician training as part of their broader cosmetology curriculum. Other training programs are exclusive to nail technicians. Your training as a nail technician will include basic manicuring and artificial nail techniques, nail technology, infection control, sanitation and nail diseases. You will also learn business management and tax laws related to your field.

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