Choosing the right beauty specialty for your career can potentially change the future of your career and your level of job fulfillment. If you get joy from helping people feel better about themselves and performing highly specialized tasks, you may find your place in the field of laser hair removal. To become a laser technician, you must have excellent concentration.
With each patient, you use the laser to damage and weaken each hair follicle in an area of the body, which limits growth from that follicle. With ongoing follow-up appointments, hair growth slows down, gets thinner, and often stops completely.
Before you can become a laser technician, you must be a licensed electrologist in Florida (Florida Health). Electrolysis licensing protocols in Florida require you to complete 320 hours of training. Once you are a licensed electrologist, you can start working toward laser certification. In addition, you must be certified by a national organization, such as the National Council on Laser Certification.
To qualify for certification, you must choose a training program that covers all of the following topics:
- Anatomy and physiology of skin and hair
- Hair growth phases
- Treatment schedule
- Laser and energy concepts
- Modes of laser operation
- Pulsing terminology
- Tissue interactions
- Laser safety
- Clinical endpoints
Once you are certified, you are well on your way to working as a laser technician. Regardless of where you work, you must have jointly written protocols in place with a supervising doctor. The supervising doctor is responsible for the work you do and must be accessible to patients before, during, and after the procedure.
You must complete at least 30 hours of continuing education that directly relate to laser hair removal.
Permanent hair removal is an incredibly popular trend, particularly in states like Florida that are all about year-round beach weather. From 2012 through 2022, statewide demand for skin care specialists is expected to increase 23% (O*Net, 2016). This includes laser technicians. The average salary for a Florida skin care specialist is $28,200 per year (O*Net, 2016). Getting started in this field requires networking, communication, and hard work. To legally perform laser hair removal procedures, you must find a doctor who is confident enough in your skills to take responsibility for every procedure you do. This may involve networking with supervising doctors, supplying references from instructors, and offering proof of your experience.
A growing number of individuals are seeking the services of hair removal and skin care technicians who are willing to make home visits. For technicians offering this service, as well as those interested in opening their own facilities, entrepreneurship is viable job option. Other job options include working in medical facilities and beauty salons. The job outlook for the Florida hair removal and skin care technicians is favorable.
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Board of Cosmetology
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Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
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The Florida State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Florida state cosmetology license.