With a glance at an events calendar in New York, it’s challenging to find a single day where there’s not an expo, event, conference, training workshop, or meetup related to the beauty industry. Long considered the fashion and beauty capital of North America, New York stands with Paris, London, and Milan as one of the four pillars of the global beauty and fashion universe. The world’s top fashion and beauty schools are headquartered in New York, as are the industry’s biggest brands, as are the world’s most famous and influential fashion and beauty shows. Additionally, the world’s only museum dedicated to makeup opened in New York in 2020.
With such a focus on fashion and makeup, estheticians play a significant role in the skin health of New Yorkers. Though they do not do makeup, estheticians help with hair removal and lash extensions, as well as helping clients cleanse and care for skin—especially as makeup can worsen skin challenges like acne. When you include the surrounding metro area, nearly 6,500 skincare professionals are working in New York—almost three times more than in No. 2-ranked Los Angeles.
The city’s cost of living is notoriously prohibitive. Astonishingly, nearly one-ninth of New York’s 8.6 million residents are millionaires, a higher percentage than in any other city on Earth. Estheticians in NYC, however, are relatively well-paid—the median wage of more than $18 an hour is higher than the national median, and industry job growth is projected at a very high 20% between 2016-26, meaning jobs are plentiful.
If jumping in while job growth is high sounds great to you, check out these esthetics programs in New York City.