6 Trending Career Opportunities in the Beauty Industry
We all love a day at the salon. Whether you’re getting spruced up for an occasion or a well-deserved massage (yes please!) beauty treatments top the list as the ultimate in self-care. Because there’s a growing demand for services in the beauty industry, there will always be a job in this creative, multifaceted and fulfilling field.
Every week there seems to be a fantastic new treatment available. And with the ever-evolving seasonal and yearly trends, you’ll always be learning, improving and mastering skills.
With many career opportunities to embark on and different directions it can take you, this vast industry leaves incredible opportunities to tailor a career suited to anyone’s needs. Plus, it can ultimately be flexible enough to prioritise the essential things in life.
You’ll have the chance to do something you love — while making others feel good about themselves. All this could make beauty a career move dream come true. Let’s take a more in-depth look at all things beauty’ and get you on your way to your exciting dream job!
What are the fastest-growing fields?
Going and getting your ‘nails did’ doesn’t just mean a trim, file and polish these days. A trip to get your hands looking fabulous can be quite the event involving massage, skincare, a multitude of beautifying tools and some pretty impressive nail-art. WIth celebrities a-plenty showing off their new claws on Instagram and beauty bloggers revealing the latest manicure and pedicure trends, this industry is going nowhere any time soon.
Eyelash and Brow Technician
Eyebrow trends are forever changing. Luckily, I think we have all learned from someone’s mistakes not too over-pluck (thanks to the 90s!). With specific techniques like threading, waxing, tinting and even tattooing part of the picture these days, a whole new world has opened up for the humble brow. Lashes also have plenty of options available, from treatments and tinting to even extensions to make them longer and thicker. With products and methods that seem to get better all the time, this is an industry becoming more and more popular and an excellent option for a potential business.
With the rise of self-care in recent years, massage is an industry in constant demand. We’ve become more aware of the relation between good mental health and relaxation. And increasingly, we’ve all been looking for some tension relief and some good old fashioned ‘time out’. Because massage has links to health and wellbeing fields, it can take you down exciting career paths. Some examples are sporting, aromatherapy, shiatsu and reflexology. With hourly rates often up in the hundreds, and a relatively easy business to set up from home (or mobile) a good masseuse’s earning potential can be immense!
Imagine being part of a celebrity fashion shoot, using the latest beauty brands, or working behind the scenes at fashion shows. Makeup artistry is an industry that can take you literally anywhere. And with many opting to be self-employed, you can tailor your career to your lifestyle. This work will keep you highly engaged. Fashions and trends change by the second, and some looks are tough to master! So, you’ll get the satisfaction of improving your skills over time and continually learn new techniques.
Encompassing a wide range of beauty services and treatments, becoming a beauty therapist will give you a wide range of skills that you can offer a client. Having your finger on the pulse on all areas will mean you have the constant insight into trends as a whole. In the beauty therapy role, you will ultimately have more knowledge around skin biology and slightly more intricate cosmetic therapies — opening yourself up to more broad areas of the cosmetology world.
Hair will forever be following a fashion trend. From kids to adults, we all care a lot about the styling our lovely locks making the hairdressing industry one of the oldest and widely used forms of self-care and beauty. With hairstylist services ranging in price according to salon type, experience and location, the world is your oyster. You’ll have the option to work in a salon or start your own business from home.
Standing out from the crowd
There is a lot to be said these days for an ‘expert’ in one particular field. Being the word-of-mouth ‘go-to’ person for amazing eyelashes, for instance, will mean you will be booked out for weeks in advance. So, how do you get there?
Suppose you already have an interest in a particular area of expertise. In that case, you can upskill in it using a short course, refining your service and building your confidence. We are so lucky here in Australia with the abundance of resources at our fingertips. There are courses for everything, short and long, for all budgets. Short courses are a great place to get started.
The next essential step here is your social media presence. As a one-stop-shop for many these days, Instagram is one platform that will ensure your reputation thrives. Make the most of reviews, mentions and recommendations. Social media is a good, more informal way to advertise your services and show off recent work.
Getting your first job
Once you have your foot in the door, the rest (as they say) is history.
You could choose to acquire employment at a salon or spa, usually meaning you will get valuable training on the job. Or, you could start to provide treatments from home at times that suit, to build up your client base and some reliable reviews.
How to start your own business
There’s starting a casual side-hustle, and there is opening your own salon. A massive undertaking, this is something you could work towards for the future, potentially even hiring staff to scale up.
To get started, you’ll need a loyal client base, equipment and maybe a business management course under your belt.
After that, it really is about building up to a point where you can afford the overheads of running a small business, based on the revenue you bring in.
Luckily, the beauty industry is one that is flexible, mobile and can be started at your own pace. So, you can ensure you are in the best position when you do decide to venture into the world of business ownership.
There is a silver lining to the scary year we have just had. The realisation that job satisfaction is far more crucial than ever has ultimately helped us to start prioritising and fortifying our mental and physical health.
What a fantastic thing to turn what has been an enormous disaster into an opportunity to take the bull by the horns, and do what you really want to do in life!