Esthetics/Skin Care
New York

If you want to make an impression in the glamorous world of skin care, New York is the perfect place to get started.

Since beauty is such an important part of life in New York, professionals here are often among the first in the country have access to new products, tools, and techniques

Esthetician Schools in New York City
State License Requirements

Once your education is finished, you are well on your way to earning an NY esthetics license. The New York Division of Licensing Services verifies your completion of 600 or more training hours. They also require you to earn passing scores on a written exam and a skills exam.

Education Details

Even if you consider yourself a skin care expert, you need to attend an approved New York school to earn your New York esthetician license. Your training should cover skin care theory, state law, and the many techniques and tools used in this industry. Licensed esthetician schools in NY should cover the following topics in their curricula.

Required Topics

  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Skin disorders and diseases
  • Composition of body hair
  • Cosmetic products and chemistry
  • Skin analysis
  • Fitzpatrick scale
  • Skin type and condition
  • Cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, and extraction
  • Facial masks
  • Facial massage
  • Makeup application
  • Use of equipment and implements for skin care
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
4 Years*
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

With the right skills and plenty of hard work, you may be able to work in a variety of exciting beauty settings in New York. Spas and hair salons are huge parts of the cosmetology industry. However, New York also has a thriving film and stage industry, so you may be able to work with those who rely on their appearance for their career. If you can build a base of high-profile clients, you may have a significant impact on your job outlook and earning potential. In New York, job openings for skin care specialists are expected to increase 22% by the year 2024 (O*Net, 2016). The average salary for a New York skin care specialist is $39,830 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as an Esthetician

Estheticians do facials, waxing and other skin treatments. There are a few requirements to become an esthetician in New York.

  • Complete an approved esthetician program
  • Submit an esthetics license application
  • Take the exams required for licensure
  • Begin your career and maintain your license

In the next 8 years there will be an increase of job openings in this field of 12%.

State board Contact Information

New York Dept. of State Division of Licensing Services
Albany Division of Licensing Services
1 Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12231
Phone Number: 518-474-4429
Fax Number: 518-473-6648

The New York State Board of Cosmetology can answer any of the additional questions you might have about obtaining a New York cosmetology license that we didn’t note above.

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