Nail technicians are professionals that gives nail, hand and foot treatments. These nail technicians must possess depth knowledge on nails like the basic knowledge needed for foot and hand massage techniques and application of nail polish. It is important for them to use their knowledge and skills in offer these nail services. Nail technicians provides professional nail, foot and hand treatments by following spa protocols and accepted practices. They must take good care of the nail equipments and use it properly to help in controlling cost. Maintaining the standards of sterilization and sanitation by following procedures, policies and laws is a must. They must perform prep work by keeping the environment clean and restock all items used. They should know how to deal and communicate with the management and clients. Nail technicians should also know how to handle the concerns and questions of the clients in a courteous and professional way. They should also provide care and respond appropriately to the guests request to meet their needs and satisfaction. Nail technicians are also required to attend and participate in staff meetings and trainings. They must learn how to promote a safe, organized and clean working environment by practicing safe working habits at all times.
The nail technician profession is a profession that requires not only the basic trainings but also certification. One must enroll in a program that is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology in your State. A lot of nail technician schools offer classes on sanitation and sterilization, bacteriology, anatomy of the nails, skin, nerves, circulation and so on. They must also be aware of the different nail diseases and disorders, skin diseases and disorders. They are also taught in how to do treatments for the hands and feet, how to run their own business, how to do reflexology and how to maximize professional and customer service. Once a person has completed all the course study that usually includes 600 hours of instruction, they must be prepared to take the next step which is certification and state board licensing.
After the licensing, one will be able to look for employment that will give them practical experience and training. Employment opportunities for certified and licensed nail technicians includes working on a health or day spa, nail salon, hotels, hair salons and one can also work as a freelance nail technician.
The starting salary for nail technicians are around $15,000 but with the proper time and experience it can go up to $40,000. The highest potential for careers in this industry is for these nail technicians who get into nail art business or open their own nail salons. Nail technicians with special skills in giving nail artworks can earn much higher salaries. When one is thinking of starting their own business, they need to work as a technician to improve their skills. With the business plan and financing, one can work towards opening their own business. Those who are interested in opening their own salons can benefit greatly in management and accounting.