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NOC Code: NOC Code: 6562 Occupation: Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Estheticians, electrologists and related workers in this unit group provide facial and body treatments designed to enhance an individual's physical appearance. They are employed in beauty salons, electrolysis studios, scalp treatment and hair replacement clinics and other similar establishments and in cosmetic departments of retail establishments such as pharmacies and department stores, or they may be self-employed. Estheticians, electrologists and related workers in this unit group provide facial and body treatments designed to enhance an individual's physical appearance. They are employed in beauty salons, electrolysis studios, scalp treatment and hair replacement clinics and other similar establishments and in cosmetic departments of retail establishments such as pharmacies and department stores, or they may be self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2


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Reading
  • Read instructions, precautions and other short comments on labels and packaging, e.g. read product use instructions on labels affixed to sanitation supplies. (1)
  • Read client history cards to learn about customers' previous treatments, skin types and preferences. (1)
  • Read fact sheets on chemical products for information about their composition, use and emergency first-aid procedures. (2)
  • Read flyers, brochures and other promotional material to learn about new products and application techniques. (2)
  • Read articles on websites and in trade magazines, e.g. read websites and trade magazines to stay informed about industry trends and new business opportunities. (3)
  • Read manuals to learn about the firm's policies and procedures, e.g. read policies describing step-by-step sterilization procedures. (3)
  • Read regulations, contracts and agreements, e.g. read regulations and bylaws to determine licensing requirements and allowable practices for tattoo and body-piercing establishments. (4)
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Writing
  • Write reminder notes to yourself and co-workers, e.g. write reminders to yourself about work to be done. (1)
  • Write short comments on a variety of forms, e.g. write short comments on customer cards about services rendered and client medical histories. (1)
  • Write letters to manufacturers expressing opinions and concerns about products and services. (2)
  • Write advertising copies for flyers and brochures to promote your products and services. (3)
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Document Use
  • Complete a variety of forms by entering data, such as names, costs, counts and times. (1)
  • Read labels on product packaging to learn about ingredients and safety hazards. (1)
  • Review bookings and calendars to determine your shifts, availabilities and upcoming appointments. (1)
  • Follow procedures described in line art diagrams and photograph sequences to apply tattoos and body piercings and explain procedures to clients, e.g. use diagrams of hair follicles and skin and nail diseases to explain treatments to clients. (2)
  • Use product and colour charts to mix cosmetics to customer specifications. (2)
  • Complete client history cards by recording data, such as treatments, products used, presenting problems and allergies. (2)
  • Review suppliers’ catalogues to locate costs and the specifications of equipment, tools, supplies and materials. (2)
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Digital Technology
  • Use text messaging software to communicate with customers and co-workers. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements and the cost of products. (1)
  • Operate computerized electrolysis and skin treatment machines to remove unwanted hair. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access blogs and web forums where you seek and offer advice about fashion trends and skin and nail conditions. (2)
  • Operate point-of-sale equipment, such as electronic cash registers, bar scanners, scales and touchscreens. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access social media tools that allows you to share information and photographs with co-workers and customers. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by suppliers, employers and training organizations. (2)
  • Use Internet browsers and search engines to access websites operated by suppliers and product manufacturers. (2)
  • Use communications software to send and receive email. For example, send email messages to confirm appointments with customers. (2)
  • Use specialized bookkeeping, billing and accounting software to input sales and commissions and produce financial reports. (2)
  • Use word processing software to write letters and produce promotional material, such as flyers and signs. (2)
  • Use databases to query product specifications, inventory quantities and upcoming appointments. (2)
  • Use databases and contact management software to input customer names, appointments and inventory levels. (2)
  • Use advanced features in computer-assisted design (CAD) programs to create, modify and print tattoo designs. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak with clients in person and by telephone to schedule appointments. (1)
  • Speak with suppliers to place orders. (1)
  • Exchange information with helpers, e.g. provide instructions to helpers about proper sanitization techniques. (2)
  • Talk to customers about a wide range of topics, e.g. talk to customers about new products, fashion trends and pricing options. (2)
  • Participate in staff meetings, e.g. speak with co-workers during staff meetings about new policies, product trends and matters relating to customer service. (2)
  • Exchange information with co-workers, e.g. speak with other estheticians and electrologists to co-ordinate schedules and discuss new products. (2)
  • Talk to dissatisfied customers, e.g. question customers to determine the reason for their dissatisfaction, provide explanations and discuss possible solutions. (3)
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Money Math
  • Accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card and make change. (1)
  • Prepare customers' bills by totaling fees and adding discounts and taxes. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule appointments. Consider your availability and the time needed for different services. (1)
  • Reconcile cash floats and prepare financial summaries. Separate, count and record cash and credit receipts. Calculate totals for deposit slips and closeout books. (2)
  • Determine how many packages of supplies, such as scalpels, to buy based on the number of units required and the number of units per package. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure liquid volumes of emulsions, creams, sterilants and other products, diluting as specified. (1)
  • Measure body parts using scales to determine the ideal location of tattoos and piercings. (1)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements of time, temperature and fluid volume to specifications outlined in product information sheets and colour charts. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate by sight quantities of powder and volumes of liquid needed to mix products. (1)
  • Estimate the time and number of sessions needed to complete particular treatments. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Estheticians, electrologists and workers in related occupations create their own work schedules through appointment bookings. They order their tasks for greater efficiency. There are daily disruptions to their schedules due to no-shows, tardiness and last-minute appointments. Unless they own and operate a one-person shop, they may need to co-ordinate with co-workers and supervisors. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the timing and length of appointments. Consider your availability and the type of service being provided. (1)
  • Select tools and products for use and sale. Select from a variety of tools and products, such as nail clippers and nail polishes. (1)
  • Choose treatment processes. Consider customers' preferences and needs and the services being provided. (2)
  • Decide upon fees to charge for services, such as hair removal, manicures, tattoos and piercings. Consider the fees charged by competing service providers and factors, such as the location of your salon, the size of your existing customer base and the number of walk-in clients you get. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Fall behind schedule because of delays created by late and double-booked customers. Reschedule appointments and request help from co-workers to get back on schedule. (1)
  • Find that treatments are not effective. Speak with suppliers and co-workers to determine the cause and possible alternative approaches. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to client files for such information as past treatments and known health problems. (1)
  • Locate product information by visiting manufacturer and supplier websites and by speaking with customers, co-workers and colleagues. (2)
  • Locate information about skin and nail conditions by conducting Internet-based research, reading textbooks and speaking with co-workers. (2)
  • Find information about fashion and fashion trends by observing hairstyles worn by models, musicians and actors and by talking with suppliers and other hairstylists. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Judge the performance of products, such as nail polishes and hair removal systems. (1)
  • Evaluate the condition of skin and nails and determine treatment and style options. Evaluate the health and condition of skin by observing features, such as dryness, porosity, elasticity and texture. Assess the condition of nails by noting texture, thickness, colour and signs of fungi and infections. (2)
  • Judge the suitability of customer product choices. For example, consider the mental states of clients before agreeing to tattoo their bodies. (2)
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