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Beauty therapist

A beauty therapist gives people advice on skin care, treatments and make up. They also provide cosmetic and relaxation treatments in salons or people’s homes.

Find out what a beauty therapist does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is a beauty therapist?

Beauty therapists work in beauty and nail salons, and in day spas. They give advice on skin care, treatments and make up.

As a beauty therapist you may provide cosmetic treatments like:

  • manicures and pedicures
  • body and facial treatments
  • massage
  • waxing, tinting and bleaching
  • laser treatment.

Find out more about beauty therapists(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for beauty therapists in Australia is currently unavailable, as of April 2024.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the projected employment forecasts for beauty therapist jobs in Victoria. Figures are shown for current workers in 2023, and the expected number of new workers that will be needed by 2026.

Note that the ‘growth percentage’ and ‘new workers needed’ figures take into account replacing workers who are expected to retire in the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan1,3230.0%74
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan1,166-0.3%53
Melbourne – southern metropolitan1,466-0.4%61
Melbourne – northern metropolitan1,334-0.3%63
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan1,348-0.4%60
Melbourne – western metropolitan1,264-0.2%63
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)299-0.1%16
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)424-0.6%16
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)6240.2%38
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)63-2.0%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)117-1.3%<10
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)3000.1%18
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)203-0.4%<10
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)153-1.4%<10

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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