A career in beauty therapy is about more than simply making people look good and feel great – though that's certainly part of it. Beauty therapists are involved in a whole range of tasks, from providing professional advice to clients on their skin through to performing treatments including waxing, massage, manicures, pedicures, facials and hot stone therapy.
If you are interested in pursuing this as a career, there's good news. Employment for beauty therapists is expected to experience significant growth over the coming years. The Australian Government's Job Outlook forecasts an expected 32,300 people will be employed in the industry by 2018, compared to the 28,5000 currently in beauty therapy work.
This rewarding career touches the lives of so many people, and there are many ways you can get involved. The Diploma of Holiday Parks and Resorts / Diploma of Beauty Therapy is a great start, blending resort management qualifications with a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy. Graduates come away with the skills to manage a spa facility, thanks largely to hands-on experience in William Angliss Institute's public on-site spa. Along with this, there's a work placement program and international study trip to help cement skills and experience. Course units include reception services, aromatherapy, facials, beauty treatments, waxing, customer service, retail sales, manicures, pedicures, make up first aid, along with a plethora of others.
If you're just looking to add some new skills to your repertoire or are interested in finding out if this career is the one for you, take a look at the range of short courses on offer. Take Introduction to Indian Head Massage, which is an eight-hour course, to learn the basic skills of hands-on Indian head massage. You'll learn how to provide techniques to massage shoulders and the neck and scalp, plus receive an insight into Australia's spa and massage industry. The course lasts eight hours and you receive a certificate of completion at the end of it.
There's also an Introduction to Pedicure course, also provided through Aurora Spa, which lasts six hours and gives you the skills to provide basic yet high quality pedicures. Learn how to shape and paint toe nails as well as give a basic relaxing foot massage, letting you go home with brand new skills to test out on your friends and family. Just as when you take the Indian head massage course, you'll also receive a certificate of completion when you've finished.