Esthetics schools in New Mexico appeal to students with a strong desire to learn about skin, skin care, and professional skin enhancement techniques. The New Mexico climate can be harsh on skin, so people who help others maintain healthy, youthful looking skin are in high demand. For those wanting to learn to be professional makeup artists in the film or television industry, esthetics is also the right course of study.
Earn Your New Mexico Esthetician License
Prior to entering the workforce as an esthetician, students must first complete 600 hours of education in an approved New Mexico esthetics school. Students must be 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED to begin school. New Mexico does not allow students to train for their licenses through apprenticeships. After school is completed, students must pass both a written and a practical test. Tests are available in English or Spanish. When all the requirements are met, the New Mexico Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists issues the esthetician license.
Estheticians in New Mexico may use skin care products and techniques, cosmetics, and specialized skin care machines to provide services. New Mexico does not allow estheticians to call themselves “medical estheticians” even if they provide care to patients with skin damage due to illness, injury, or burns. Estheticians still practice alongside doctors and provide these services, but they are not allowed to call themselves medical estheticians. Patients with skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis will still be referred out to dermatologists by licensed estheticians.
Work as a New Mexico Esthetician
Studies by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Economic Research and Analysis Bureau indicate estheticians earn an annual average salary of $49,000 in the state. This is higher than the nationwide average salary of $28,600 reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Albuquerque metropolitan area, including Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties, has the third highest annual pay of all cities in the nation. Estheticians in the Albuquerque area can earn an annual average salary of $54,460 according to the BLS.
Estheticians work in a variety of locations including:
– department store skin care departments
The New Mexico tourism industry hires many skin care specialists to work in hotel and resort spas. Some estheticians and makeup artists even work in the television and film industry in New Mexico and around the nation.