Nail technicians, also referred to as manicurists and pedicurists, work exclusively on their client's nails. Your duties generally include cleaning, polishing, cutting and shaping the nails. Other tasks include giving customers nail extensions and special foot baths with salts. Self-employment is common for personal appearance workers, and you may need to perform managerial duties, such as ordering inventory, hiring new workers and keeping business records. Additionally, many nail technicians have the flexibility to work part time or flexible hours. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that employment of nail technicians was expected to grow 19% between 2008 and 2018 (www.bls.gov). This growth is faster than the average for all occupations, and can be attributed to an increasing number of full-service day spas and nail salons. Openings should be readily available for those interested in beauty salons, spas and medical offices.
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