Manicurists & Pedicurists

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Manicurist, Nail Technician (Nail Tech), 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:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Calendar and scheduling software

  • AppointmentQuest Online Appointment Scheduler
  • DaySmart Software Appointment-Plus

Data base user interface and query software

  • Aknaf ADVANTAGE Salon Software and Spa Software
  • DaySmart Software Salon Iris


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

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