In order to work as a professional nail technician you will need to enroll in a program at a cosmetology school that will offer a student coursework and hands on experience. These schools will also offer students advanced classes in airbrush design, nail art and different types of nail application techniques. Here we’ll take a look at the available programs for the technician as well as look at the potential growth of this cosmetology career and what type of annual salary you can expect from this field.
The Nail Academy Programs
In a nail academy program the nail tech will learn how to give manicures, pedicures, spot and treat different types of nail disorders, teach students the different nail art techniques and design applications as well as nail hygiene, sterilization techniques, nail extensions, gels and wraps.
In order to become certified in this field you will need to complete an accredited nail tech program and pass state licensing exams. In order to qualify to take the state exams a student will need to have acquired between 200 and 600 hours of time spent working in this field. The amount of required hours will vary state to state.
The Cost of the Cosmetology Education and the Career Environment
The cost of one of these programs will depend on the school and the location, with an average program cost of 8,000$ to 20,000$. This does not include the cost of textbooks and nail tech materials required in the course.
After graduating from an accredited nail tech program you can work in a nail salon, beauty salon, day spa, resort or hotel. When working in a nail salon or spa the nail technician will basically rent a work station from the salon owner. In doing so the nail tech is able to make their own hours and be their own boss. The tech can work as many or as little hours as they want and can schedule clients based on their preference of working hours.
In order to increase their salary in this field the tech can also continue their education earning certifications in esthetics, skin care or basic facials and waxing. In doing so the tech can make themselves more marketable to both employers and clients.
If a nail tech chooses to work on a freelance basis, they can do so without renting a workstation and can instead travel to a client’s home or place of business. This will require the nail tech to have a large clientele in order to make a decent annual salary. The tech can build their client base during the first couple of years working in the field in a salon or nail shop, or they can spend money advertising their services in the local newspaper and online.