Nail technicians provide nail care and beauty treatments on their clients’ nails. Also called manicurists/pedicurists, they are creators, makers and entrepreneurs who provide that finishing touch to a look.
They typically work in nail salons and spas, or – usually in the case of celebrity nail artists – may travel to clients’ homes. They use specialized instruments to perform services like manicures, nail extensions and nail art. Because they spend a lot of time facing clients, nail techs need to have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to read if a client wants to chat or just chill. They also need to be adaptable, creative, patient, and great listeners.
Most nail technicians work evenings and weekends due to client demand, and many go on to eventually run their own salons. Technicians must complete a certificate in cosmetology and pass a state licensure exam in order to practice. Typical salaries range between $18-55K, but celebrity nail artists can charge upwards of $200 per set or have a day rate starting at $1000 for ad campaigns and fashion shows. Jobs for manicurists and pedicurists are projected to grow 19% by 2029, which is much faster than average.