Thought about a career in beauty therapy?

College News and Communications
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 14:20

beauty therapy career

Beauty therapists carry out a wide variety of treatments on clients’ faces and bodies. This could include: hair removal, facials, manicures, spray tanning, electrotherapy, and the applying of makeup.

Beauty treatments have a very long history. Archaeologists have found evidence of the use of cosmetics, face creams and oils regularly being used in ancient Egypt and Greece. The beauty industry, as we understand it now, really took off in the 20th century with the advent of the film industry and glamourous film stars.

The amount spent at hairdressers and personal care salons in the UK peaked in 2019, reaching £8.6bn. This is the equivalent to every person in the UK spending £166 on personal care treatments yearly.

On a daily basis your activities, as well as giving beauty treatments, could include customer service, business admin, together with good communication and listening skills. If you like the idea of making a difference to someone’s day or boosting someone’s self-confidence, then the beauty industry is waiting for you.

How much can you earn as a beauty therapist?

You can earn anything between £15,000 and £20,000 on average, however this is for reference. You could be earning more if you specialise or add extra services. It also depends whether you work in the UK or abroad, in a salon, in a spa, a hotel chain, on a cruise ship, or if you run your own salon either from business premises, or by being mobile and taking appointments at customers’ houses.

Top reasons to choose beauty therapy as a career

Plenty of career pathways

As well as becoming a specialist in any of the treatments mentioned above, you could choose to become a beauty journalist, trainer or tutor or a beauty vlogger/blogger perhaps. Some YouTube makeup vloggers have over a million subscribers and are very popular. Perhaps your dream is to work in theatre, TV or film and you wish to add theatrical/media makeup to your skill-set?


If you are looking for no two days to be the same, the beauty industry could be for you. One day you could be applying makeup to a bride on her wedding day, the next you could be exercising your creativity with nail-art. The more skills you can offer, the more variety you will have and not just on one given day, but throughout your career. Should you choose to work on a cruise ship, you could be in a different country nearly every day.

Flexible working hours and opportunity to be your own boss

There are often opportunities for working hours to fit around any other commitments. A traditional working week may see you working some weekends and having days off in the week instead.

As already mentioned, the beauty industry has opportunities for you to become your own boss. Either by opening your own salon, or by becoming a mobile beautician who travels to clients’ homes.

Why study beauty therapy with South & City College?

We have purpose-built salons, using industry standard facilities and products. These salons are open to the public and you will be able to use your skills on paying clients. You will learn everything you need to become a successful, as our tutors have a wealth of industry experience to bring into the classroom.

You will have opportunities to take part in our annual Hair and Beauty Show as well as helping with the annual Fashion Show plus competitions. Students have gone on to set up their own salons and mobile businesses, work in traditional beauty salons, leisure spas, cruise ships, and hotel chains in the UK and abroad. We’ve even had students work on a film set.

Browse our Beauty Therapy courses to find out more about studying Beauty with us, including which campuses courses are delivered from.