What am I gonna do with my life? This is the most common question we ask ourselves. Whether you’ve just graduated, or your kids just made it into full time school day status, you want to figure out your game plan. Those bills aren’t going to pay themselves. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a spouse, significant other, or parents your support with sharing of living expenses, we all need some discretionary income. Some of us have, what we like to refer to, as tiny little Starbucks addictions, or we tend to get sucked through the screens of our computers into a vortex of online shopping at Bloomingdales where we wade blissfully in a colorful sea of the latest fashions. Pick your poison and fill in the blank. We all need careers that pay decent wages and if we’re fortunate- we actually might enjoy our work.

Many people seem to have jobs that have chosen them, instead of them doing the choosing. Job availability ends up dictating lives in a lot of instances. You may take an available entry level position in a field where you have zero knowledge, because hey, it’s a job and you needed the money. Complacency sets in, and before you know it, it’s twenty years later and you’re wondering why you’re still doing a job you never really wanted in the first place. Amazingly enough, there is a preventative measure! Based on the assumption that you’re reading this article because you have, at least somewhat of an interest in the field of skin care, we are going to cover some of the cool reasons why you should consider becoming an Esthetician.

Esthetics, if you didn’t already know, refers to the beautification and maintenance of the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ and requires lots of care. Estheticians are the trained, licensed professional ninjas who have the master knowledge and state-of-the-art tools to help you keep your skin healthy and attractive. Depending on your state’s requirements and regulations, here in Illinois you could become an Esthetician in as little as six months. This also depends on your school’s schedule and whether you attend full or part time. Many schools offer day or evening courses. Here at the John Amico School this flexibility is crucial to those who have jobs or OUT other schooling that needs to be worked around.

You will learn all facets of skin care. You’ll be performing facials and waxing. Everything from makeup application to Microdermabrasion. Whatever you see on a spa menu, you will be trained to do. It all becomes second nature very quickly.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the future looks bright for skin care specialists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment growth of about 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Pretty sweet, huh?

After graduation, you might choose to work at a salon, day spa or even a medi-spa. You may choose to specialize in a certain area, such as facials, waxing, make up, or acneic skin, to name a few. Yes, Professional Make-Up Artistry is part and parcel of this field. Who wouldn’t love to work at Ulta or a high-end department store, playing with those magnificent little brightly hued cosmetic cakes all day? You may decide that you want to focus on makeup for television or movies and work with models and celebrities. Who wouldn’t want to fluff some bronzer on Channing Tatum, or pat some powder on Denzel? What? You’ll actually pay me to do it? Umm….ok!

Maybe your expectations are a little less grand. How about working at a resort or on a cruise ship? These places offer full service salons and spas that need regular staff. Spend your days making the clientele beautiful and then spend your evenings sipping those frosty little fruit drinks, replete with little paper parasols while soaking in spectacular sunsets. Every day of your career could be Instagram worthy! Get those hashtags ready!

Your name in lights? That’s the goal for some. You might opt to become a Salon or Day Spa owner. You may even already have a clever name chosen for your new business. You’re imagining it up on the marquee now, aren’t you? You’re decorating your spa now in your mind’s eye. Pristine white walls with hints of wood and leafy green. Lush towels and primo products. Thick, plush robes. Aromatherapy. Ahhhhhhhh. We’d like to book an appointment with you, please. Hurry up and finish school!
How about becoming an Esthetics Instructor? Many people decide to become teachers at cosmetology schools, helping to usher in the new generations of skin care specialists. Sharing your passion and knowledge with others is such a noble profession.

You might take a position as a cosmetic ‘buyer’ for retail stores which may necessitate traveling frequently to trade shows and manufacturer’s showrooms and choosing what products that will be available for women (and men) to purchase. Who doesn’t love to shop? It requires a lot of product knowledge and keeping up with industry trends and the constant barrage of new offerings available.
If you have journalism experience, you may be able to land a job as a beauty editor, blogger or columnist. The likelihood is, you already see these kinds of articles daily, if you subscribe to emails from beauty outlets such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan or the Zoe Report Beauty. These articles are churned out daily in the hopes that you will click to read what they have to say and end up purchasing their ‘miracle’ product that promises to tighten your pores so much that not even your own dog will recognize you. (If that product exists, please let us know).

According to GCI Magazine, the U.S. Beauty sector will be worth $90 BILLION dollars by 2020. That’s the U.S. alone. Why not claim your piece of that pie? Someone who is average will earn around 30k annually. If your passion shines through and beauty is your life, you’ll likely make twice that amount per year. However, it is all up to you since “the sky is limitless! Point being: Think outside the box. You might develop products and tools for the industry and even open your own company. There are so many options and opportunities, you’ll never be bored.

John Amico, renowned celebrity stylist, cosmetology school owner and professional hair company owner says you can’t go wrong getting an esthetics education. A full-time class schedule at the John Amico School of Hair Design will only take 6 months to complete.www.johnamicoschoolofhairdesign.com, beauty educational & make up training school in Illinois for those of you who want a beauty career with a short time in school, this is for you. If you consider taking the course before going off to regular college or university, you will have a great money making opportunity if you have to have a job even on or near your campus in addition to your classes. Quite a number of students in Cosmetology and Esthetics haven done that, even John Amico’s children. Amico’s been in business over 50 years. Definitely a man to listen to.