Job description of a beauty therapist

Updated April 17, 2017

The job of a beauty therapist is to help clients enhance their overall well being. They do this by looking at their clients as a whole, as opposed to just concentrating on the external or a specific aspect of their appearance.


Beauty therapists meet with clients to discuss the services they're interested in, and then tailor a customised plan or regimen to meet their needs.


Their role is to examine what's behind a client's requests in order to cater to them in more than one way. For example, a client may have skin problems or back pain. In addition to giving them a facial or massage, a beauty therapist looks into what's causing the problem and educates their clients on how to care for the condition.


The particular tasks of a beauty therapist vary according to their area of specialisation. As noted by, their job can include: skin analysis, facial or body massage and/or aromatherapy treatment, electrolysis or waxing, manicures, pedicures, nail extensions, recommending exercise programs and nutrition, maintaining client records, and referring clients to specialised medical practitioners.


Since many of the clients problems can be a direct result of a medical or psychological condition, they may also be employed by different health care facilities or rehabilitation centres. For instance, an oncology practice may have a beauty therapist on staff, to help patients undergoing treatments.


Given that the side effects of various conditions affect a person both mentally and physically, a beauty therapist will provide them with a service (facials, aromatherapy, hair styling, and make-up application) that not only boosts their physical appearance, but uplifts their spirit. Moreover, they work on helping the client address and deal with such affects.


Beauty Therapists have a better chance at employment opportunities when they have qualifications and are certified in their area of practice (massage, hair, make-up, aesthetics, etc). Although there isn't a distinct organisation or body that establishes requirements for the profession, the best qualifications tend to be ones that are recognised by organisations like: The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC), The Comite International D'Esthetique De Cosmetologie (CIDESCO), The International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC).

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Serena Spinello holds two master’s degrees and is pursuing her Ph.D. in medical science. She has been a professional writer and researcher for over 10 years and is an active member of the American Medical Writers Association, Academy of Medical Educators, and the National Association of Social Workers.