How to Become a Nail Technician

Overview & Salaries

Recommended Degrees & License:
The right degree for you depends on the industry and company you apply for. Those looking for an entry positions need a certificate from a cosmetology or beauty program that is state-approved, some states may require specific licenses as well. If you are looking to get into a competitive or advance position, then a bachelor’s degree along with real world experience and earning specific licenses can help you stand out in the hiring process. The National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) provides information on state examinations for licensing, with sample questions.

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How Much Do Nail Technicians Make? 
$19,220 (national median salary, to see salaries in your state click on the “Best Places to Work” tab up top)

Expected Growth from 2012-2020:
+13,500 additional people employed

Specialization Options:
Manicures and pedicures

(all information above provided by the 2012 BLS Manicurist and Pedicurist page) 

The Best Places to Become a Nail Technician

Manicurists and pedicurists work in a relaxing spa environment in a variety of locations.

  • Nail Salons
  • Spas
  • Hair Salons
  • Tanning Salons
  • Gyms
  • Department Stores
  • Hotel & Resorts

Employment and Information Data for Nail Technician

Why Become a Nail Technician

If you love giving manicures and creating nail designs, a career as a nail technician may be perfect for you. Do you keep up with the color trends of each season? The beauty industry is great for someone who is creative, follows fashion trends and enjoys experimenting with style. Express your artistic ability and make clients happy by giving them a professional manicure or pedicure. You can make client’s hands and feet healthy and beautiful with polish and shine. As a nail technician, this is a rewarding part of the job. If you love beautifying others, start your career as a nail technician today by enrolling in beauty school.

Recommended Courses to Help You Become a Nail Technician

  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Nail Art
  • Gel & Acrylic Nails
  • Airbrushing
  • Tip Application
  • Infection Control
  • Arm & Leg Massaging

Degrees to Help You Become a Nail Technician

There are many beauty schools in each state with different programs focusing on nail, skin and hair care.

International SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN)
The ISBN is an organization of professionals in the beauty industry, ranging from individually-owned salons to corporate franchise chains. The purpose of the organization is to help members grow their businesses, influence regulatory changes and improve the reputation of the beauty industry.

National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC)
American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS)
Professional Beauty Association (PBA)

After completing an approved cosmetology or nail technician program, specialists must take an exam to get a state license. Licensing requirements vary by state. The NIC, AACS and PBA provide licensing information with sample exam questions.