Job Description (What the job involves)
Within the beauty industry, billions of pounds are spent every year in the global pursuit of achieving perfection. Most of us have all used extreme measures (sometimes painful!) that offer us a solution to looking and feeling amazing.
We have all battled with unwanted hair growth or have been only too aware and self-conscious by a tattoo that we decided to get on an impulse all those years ago. Thanks to recognised continuous developments in laser treatments and techniques over the last decade or so, Lasers today are very successful at eliminating these problems.
Laser Procedures are widely performed by Medical Aestheticians, Laser Technicians and Beauty Therapists within clinics and salons and are fast becoming the most sought after treatments within the Aesthetic industry.
As the Global Aesthetic commerce continues to grow, so too does the interest in the numbers of people wanting to work and contribute to the ongoing expansion and advancements within the Beauty/Aesthetics industry.
There has never been a more opportune time to further advance one’s career and increase one’s earning potential. The prospects are exciting and can provide a wide range of occupational success in a chosen speciality.
For those wanting to pursue a career in Lasers, the internet is an invaluable resource in locating Training Providers in the local area. When researching, make sure that the course is an officially approved qualification and that there is an awarded certificate upon completion of the course.
N.B. You may also want to consider making time to visit a training provider of your choice to see at first hand their facilities and to discuss the financial cost of the associated training program.
Upsides and Downsides
Laser technicians are typically employed to work in Clinics and Beauty Salons. The work is incredibly rewarding for those who are commercially minded and passionate about their vocation.
Technicians, on average work between 20-40 hours per week (dependant on whether they are working for a company or are self employed).
Because they provide elective remedial (medical) and aesthetic (cosmetic) treatments, Technicians may need to adjust their schedules to meet the needs of their clients; therefore, providing treatments during late evenings and weekends to accommodate the demand.
Skills and Personal Qualities
Having a career within the Aesthetic business is both varied and challenging. The industry requires highly skilled professionals with the ability to perform procedures with practised skills, knowledge and experience. They must have the confidence and initiative to progress further by attending and continuing their professional development.
Laser technicians need to be:
- Current – be aware of new techniques and developments
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Exceptional customer care skills
- Sales driven
It is important to gain a qualification in accordance with a registered, regulated body/association here, in the UK. Because laser treatment for cosmetic purposes is an evolving profession, training for would-be approved laser technicians can be completed in a short period of time through a privately run vocational program.
Beauty Therapists that have already gained NVQ Level 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy qualifications can enrol on a short course approved by the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) or on a VTCT NVQ Level 4 Certificate in Laser hair removal and IPL.
Coursework usually consists of theoretical/classroom training and a hands-on/practical learning program. Course content should include training on...
- Laser Core of Knowledge
- Patient Care
- Risk Assessment
- Health & Safety
- Equipment Management
- Relevant Law & Legislation
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Safe Working Practices
- Administration of Treatment
- The Risks and Benefits
- Pre and Post Care Advice
Opportunities and Progression
Once you have obtained the relevant qualification, you will find that you have increased your professional status, placing you at the forefront of employment opportunities within salons, clinics and/or even working for yourself.
Online employment websites are a great resource to seek opportunities and many online agencies offer features that allow you to create, upload and apply for positions. Theses websites can also help to identify jobs based upon your professional skillset, location and salary.
Technicians must have basic training in all Laser procedures and techniques. Annual training should cover the hazards of using a particular Laser machine and includes risk assessments, safety awareness, infection control, customer care, moving and handling and First Aid.
Upon gaining employment, continued ongoing training and support is given by Clinic/Salon Managers and industry Reps. Most companies who appoint laser technicians will offer “on the job” training courses to make sure each employee understands how to operate the Laser equipment safely.
It is also required by law that all those that have Lasers on their premises are insured with both:
• Public liability/employer liability
• Professional indemnity insurance.
If you are looking to set up a Laser Business yourself or are looking to rent a room you must be aware that there are legal requirements that must be adhered to that includes:
• A designated treatment room
• Sufficient ventilation
• A laser sign placed outside the treatment room.
• Safe keeping of Patient records and treatment log books
• Treatment record kepts
• You should also have the Patient’s complete medical history during each treatment session.
Employment opportunities for laser technicians are expected to increase over the coming years.
Rapid changes in technology and nonstop growth in the industry will without doubt lead to an enhanced number of laser technicians being employed.
The future is both exciting and exhilarating with:
- New advanced procedures and techniques.
- Improved awareness to the consumer and industry professionals.
- Better standards of care and service.
- Meeting the consumers’ needs.
- Better training for professionals.
- Additional growth within the industry.
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Potential Salary and Benefits
The average expected salary for a Laser Technician in the UK is about £17,000 per year. Laser Technician salaries can vary dependent on the place of employment, experience, hours worked etc.
A typical hourly rate for an employed Laser Technician is around £8.00-£8.50 per hour