The business of permanent hair removal is a huge industry.
In particular, laser technology is very popular, as it is one of the oldest and most trusted types of permanent hair removal.
Before becoming a laser technician in Illinois, you should go through a comprehensive training program that gives you lots of hands-on experience with laser equipment. This is considered a medical procedure, so you must be under the direct supervision of a physician while working. There are no specific licensing requirements, since some places provide on-site training to employees. A thorough laser training program can give you the skills you need to work with high-end equipment.
The most important part of studying laser technology is learning how to use a laser. It is a very precise skill, as you have to use a laser to stop growth at the base of each hair follicle. By the time you complete your weeks or months of training, you should plan on getting lots of practical experience.
To instill confidence and qualify for these credentials, you should take a certification program recognized by the National Council on Laser Certification (NCLC), which requires you to renew every three years and pay a $95 fee.
Skin care is a very stable specialty in Illinois. Between 2015 and 2022, O*Net predicts a 38% increase in skin care specialist jobs throughout the state. Their statistics show that the average salary for a skin care specialist in Illinois is $23,900 per year (O*Net, 2015).
Upon graduation, you may find that your laser skills can be put to use in quite a variety of settings. Spas and salons tend to be the most popular places of employment for laser technicians, but dermatology offices and specialized hair removal clinics are other options to consider. Hands-on practice is the best thing you can do for your career. You should have very strong laser skills when you complete your education, but it takes dozens of clients for you to really perfect your technique. The more quickly you gain practical experience, the more you can develop your reputation as a skilled laser technician in your community.
Illinois Dept. of Professional RegulationBarber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Board
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Fl.
Springfield, IL 62786
100 W. Randolph Street, 9th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: 1-888-473-4858
The Illinois 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 an Illinois state cosmetology license.