Esthetician FAQs


Have you been considering training for a career as an Esthetician, but have some questions about it? Read our Esthetician FAQs to get all the answers you need to determine if a career as an Esthetician is for you!


What is an Esthetician?

An Esthetician is a skincare specialist that provides beauty services to individuals who are looking to enhance and improve the condition and feel of their skin.


What do Estheticians do?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, estheticians give facials, full-body treatments, and may provide other skincare treatments such as peels, masks, or scrubs. Estheticians may perform some or all of the following duties¹:

  • Evaluate clients’ skin condition and appearance
  • Discuss available treatments and determine which products will improve clients’ skin quality
  • Remove unwanted hair, using wax, lasers, or other approved treatments
  • Clean the skin before applying makeup
  • Disinfect equipment and clean work areas
  • Recommend skincare products, such as cleansers, lotions, or creams
  • Teach and advise clients on how to apply makeup, and how to take care of their skin
  • Refer clients to another skincare specialist, such as a dermatologist, for serious skin problems


Where do Estheticians work?

Estheticians (once fully licensed) can obtain employment in many different workplaces, such as spa settings, salons, cruise ships, department stores, as representatives of product lines, and other settings.


Esthetician vs. Cosmetologist: What is the Difference?

There are very distinct differences between these two beauty professions. A Cosmetologist is someone who studies the application of various beauty treatments for hair, nails, and skin. Many cosmetology programs will focus primarily on cutting and styling hair, while providing students with a very basic education in other beauty skills, such as nail care, skincare, and make-up application.

An Esthetician is someone who specifically went to study and trained to care for and beautify the skin. An Esthetician does not cut or work with hair or nails, but cosmetologists do.

Esthetician and Cosmetology occupations carry separate (and different) licensure requirements, which is something to keep in mind when considering which beauty career may be the right one for you.


How can you become an Esthetician?

In order to become an Esthetician, students must complete the Esthetician diploma program and graduate. Graduates of the Esthetics program are eligible to take the licensing exam required for an Esthetician to become licensed and seek employment.


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The Esthetician Program at Blue Cliff College

What is covered in the Esthetician program at Blue Cliff College?

The Esthetician program at Blue Cliff College includes many different topics, such as makeup and hair removal, spa management and professional development, facials and skin treatments, skincare analysis and much more.


How long is the Esthetician program at Blue Cliff College?

The Alexandria, LA, Lafayette, LA and Metairie, LA Blue Cliff College locations offer 6 month daytime Esthetics training program and a 9 month evening program. The Gulfport, MS offers a 9 month evening Esthetics training program.


Which Blue Cliff College locations offer the Esthetician program?

The Esthetician program is offered at the following Blue Cliff College campus locations:




How do I enroll?

If you are interested in enrolling in the Esthetician program at Blue Cliff College, the first step you should take is to meet with one of our Admissions Representatives for a career planning session. Visit our Information Page, complete the form and a member of our team will be back in touch with you to answer your questions.


Does your program include licensure?

Blue Cliff College’s Esthetics program curriculum is designed to prepare students to take the licensing exam required for a career as an Esthetician.


Can you help me find a job after graduation?

Blue Cliff College offers Career Services assistance to all eligible graduates; however, job placement cannot be guaranteed by Blue Cliff College. You can learn more about our Career Services offerings by visiting our Career Services page.


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