Are you a working beauty professional looking to expand your skills or are you new to the beauty industry and looking for the right specialty for you? Whatever category you fall in, you may decide that a career in laser technology is right for you after you learn more about it. Laser technology integrates one of the biggest trends in cosmetology with some of the most advanced technology in beauty.
Laser technicians safely and efficiently use lasers to damage hair follicles, inhibiting growth. Patients may come back several times over a period of months and then get annual touch-ups, giving you a long-lasting client base.
In the state of North Dakota, you must meet certain licensing requirements after getting done at ND laser training schools. The North Dakota Board of Medicine requires all laser facilities to have a medical director. The medical director must supervise laser hair removal procedures. This supervision may involve remaining on-site during each procedure or simply being available in the event of an emergency.
Laser training programs are generally offered at salons, beauty schools, and technical schools. Program lengths and requirements are decided by each school, which is why it is so important to consider different options before making a decision. However, as a general rule, you may become a laser technician in a few months or less.
The following topics should be part of your laser hair removal program curriculum:
- Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light Theory
- Cosmetic Laser Hair Removal
- IPL Hair Removal Treatment
- Theory Bacteriology, Disinfection, and Sanitation
- Setup and Safety Equipment and Supplies
- Indications and Contraindications
- Hair and Skin Anatomy
- Hands-On Laser Hair Removal
Hands-on practice should be a huge part of your time in school. It should include watching instructors and peers do procedures, doing procedures yourself, and getting feedback from your instructor.
North Dakota laser technicians can have a pretty straightforward path towards registration and renewing their registration with the National Council on Laser Certification (NCLC). This organization is widely accepted as setting the standards by which laser tech professionals must adhere to. If you work as an esthetician, cosmetologist, nurse, or in a related occupation, you should consider training and registering to qualify for work in this field. Once you register, you will need to renew it every three years by submitting this application, along with a $95 fee.
Finally, you can start working as a laser technician in North Dakota. You may apply for work in any beauty or medical facility as a laser technician, as long as the facility has a medical director. The medical director must legally take responsibility for all employed laser technicians, so you need to meet their experience requirements before you begin working. You may have to work with supervision for a set amount of time, shadow an experienced laser technician, or go through employer-based training. In the decade from 2012 through 2022, demand for skin care specialists in North Dakota may increase 24% (O*Net, 2016). Currently, the average salary for a North Dakota skin care specialist is $32,040 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).
A hair removal and skin care technician can work in a medical office with patients seeking skin care advice. A technician's services are also in demand in beauty salons, where the clientele have an appetite for the very services he is trained to provide. Entrepreneurship is a job option as well. A technician can make house calls or open his own private shop. North Dakota hair removal and skin care technicians can expect a bright job outlook according to statistics.
North Dakota Board of Cosmetology
1102 South Washington Street, #200
PO Box 2177
Bismarck, ND 58502-2177
Phone Number: 701-224-9800
Fax Number: 701-222-8756
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For specific questions, please contact the North Dakota Board of Cosmetology directly.