I am an esthetician in the Seattle area who is planning to relocate to your sunny state. I am hoping you can share with me what current esthetic trends are like down there. Over here clients have become very results oriented and there are many who prefer an all natural approach.
I have looked into getting my license transferred and noticed that there are only 260 hours of schooling required and that the license is called for a facial specialist. Are you still considered licensed estheticians or does one need to have more education for that? Will I be allowed to perform peels and microdermabrasion?
Anything you would like to share with me would be very appreciated!
Thank you so much,
Yes, you are still a licensed esthetician with all privileges after 260 hours, and yes you can do peels, micros, etc. I don't think you need to take the 260 hours if you already have a valid, active license from a state that requires more hours. You just take a test and p[ay the fees. Look at www.myflorida.com under statutes for the correct and current requirements.
The climate for the business depends on where in FL you go as we are a state more hard hit than other states by the economy for a number of reasons. Some areas are better than others. Results are key, though, and natural is in demand but results trump natural if they have to choose between the two. Hope this helps
Hi Madeline, Those areas are faring better than the Treasure Coast, (where I am). We've been particularly hard hit. Sarasota has a lot of well off residents, especially in season, and the keys are a big tourist destination.
Oh yeah, that's the other thing, season. That is basically late Fall/Winter and early Spring. Summer here is sleepytown time because it's nasty hot/humid for about five straight months added to hurricane season May - November. The winter residents leave and the year rounders go on vacation or else they are broke & not spending because the Snowbirds (and their money) are gone, usually between May and October/November. Just do your homework re: the areas you are considering. In the right place with the right set-up, you could do very well, but you have to be smart about it.
I recently looked into this and there is a requirement to take a basic HIV class before being licensed in Florida as an Esthetician.
Madeleine: Yes we are considered Facial Specialist. I am a full specialist which means I also am a Nail specialist. Yes you can perform peels and do microdermabrasion. I am also a certified Aromatherapist ( there are no license's for Aromatherapist in any of the 50 states). As there people here are interested in both results and all natural approaches.
Where will you be relocating to?
Florida is still experiencing a recession.
Yes you have to take the HIV class (don't all state require this?). Also you must have 8 CEU's every two years (In Florida your license renews every 2 years)