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Manicurists & Pedicurists

Also called: Manicurist, Nail Technician, Pedicurist

What they do:
Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
On the job, you would:
  • Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
  • Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
  • Maintain supply inventories and records of client services.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Calendar and scheduling software
  • Appointment Search
  • Appointment-Plus
Data base user interface and query software
  • Aknaf ADVANTAGE Salon Software and Spa Software
  • DaySmart Software Salon Iris
Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Customer information databases


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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