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The Career Journey of a Cosmetic Laser Technician

If you’re someone who’s looking into starting a new career within the Beauty Industry or just looking for something new within your career path, becoming a cosmetic laser technician is a profession worth looking into.

The Cosmetic Laser Technician


The cosmetic laser technician is a professional who uses different types of laser treatments to enhance a person’s appearance, whether its laser hair removal, tattoo removal, improving the skin from sun damage, minimizing wrinkles, or tightening the skin. Cosmetic Laser Technicians can perform an array of different laser services depending on their training, certifications, and licensure. In this blog you will gain a good insight of what becoming a cosmetic laser technician is all about.


First Things First

All you need to get started is a high school diploma. To get licensed you must go through two main courses, which begins with the Laser Hair Removal Apprentice course, where you learn

about different theories, safety, and state regulations. The second course is Laser Hair Removal Technician, where you will get to familiarize yourself with the laser hair removal machine and get the hands-on training needed, with the supervision of the instructor. After that, you must take your exam and pass to receive your license. Once you get licensed, you are free to take other laser courses and add certifications onto your license to be able to perform other services.

Expanding your portfolio

The exciting part about this profession is that you can get hands-on learning to get specialized in other treatments other than laser hair removal. Other courses that are available for certifications include: Intense Pulsed Light (also known as IPL), Laser Tattoo Removal, Laser skin resurfacing and Ablative, Non-Ablative skin resurfacing.

Where do Cosmetic Laser Technicians Work?

You can find most cosmetic laser technicians working at med spas, under the supervision of a doctor, dermatologists’ office, and plastic surgery clinics.

Job Duties

The job duty of a cosmetic laser technician usually depends on the clients and the type of service they are interested in. Usually, the most frequent service done is laser hair removal, but it can range from other treatments. A cosmetic laser technician may also evaluate the client’s skin condition and consult with a nurse or doctor on site to see what the best approach in treating the skin.

Job Outlook

Since the profession of a cosmetic laser technician is fairly new, there is no specific information about wages and job growth rate in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, but there is information about skincare specialists who also work on enhancing a person’s look. The employment of skincare specialist is projected to grow 29% from 2020 to 2030, which means about 10,100 openings for skincare specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average hourly wage for a cosmetic laser technician in the U.S is $26 as of March 29, 2022, but the salary can range between $23 and $29 according to Salary.com.

American Laser & Aesthetics Institute

If you are motivated and excited to start your career as a cosmetic laser technician after reading this blog, our institute offers all the courses mentioned above! Don’t hesitate to get a head start on your career, give us a call, and schedule an appointment with our admissions department who can assist you in beginning your new journey as a cosmetic laser technician.

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