Manicurists & Pedicurists
Also called: Manicurist, Nail Technician, Pedicurist
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Manicurists and pedicurists work on the hands and feet, grooming fingernails and toenails. They explain services and options available to customers, then offer a treatment— usually starting by soaking the clients’ hands or feet, reducing calluses, and applying lotion to moisturize the skin. The final step is to trim and file nails and apply polish, or artificial fingernails. Repeat business is critical in this field, so customer satisfaction is key. Good listening and interpersonal skills are helpful, along with creativity and precision to create well-finished nails that appeal to each customer. Using sharp tools requires care and a steady hand. Some manicurists and pedicurists operate their own nail salon business. They manage employees, keep inventory, and order supplies. A small, but growing, number of workers make house calls. Manicurists and pedicurists usually work in a nail salon, spa, or hair salon. The job involves a lot of sitting. Because of fumes and toxic exposure from nail polish and other chemicals, they often wear gloves and masks. Although most manicurists and pedicurists work full time including weekends and evenings, many have variable schedules and work part time. Longer work days are typical for those who are self-employed. Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program and then pass a state exam for licensure.
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
- 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:
- Attention to Detail
- Self Control
- Stress Tolerance
- Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Calendar and scheduling software
- Appointment Search
Data base user interface and query software
- Aknaf ADVANTAGE Salon Software and Spa Software
- DaySmart Software Salon Iris