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Manicurists and pedicurists, also referred to as nail technicians, are personal appearance workers who specialize in procedures that enhance the fingernails and toenails of their clients. They trim, file and polish nails and apply fingernail extensions. Nail extensions and creative polish designs have become popular for women of all ages, and, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states, the demand for skilled nail technicians is rising.

Manicurists and pedicurists: education and licensing requirements

To pursue a career as a manicurist and pedicurist, individuals typically need to complete a state-approved nail technician or cosmetology program, according to the BLS.

Prospective nail technicians must fulfill licensing in addition to educational requirements. Licensing requirements vary by state, but applicants must usually be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. To earn a license, candidates must pass a written and practical exam after completing the appropriate educational program.

Individuals can find out more information about licensing and examinations through the following cosmetology associations:

  • National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC)
  • Professional Beauty Association (PBA)
  • American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS)

Career and salary outlook

The BLS projects a 16 percent employment growth for manicurists and pedicurists between 2012 to 2022. Cosmetologists are introducing new nail services, such as mini sessions and mobile manicures and pedicures, which can help drive growth. A growing desire for better grooming among both the male and female populations may also contribute.

The BLS offers national 2013 wage data pertaining to manicure and pedicure professionals:

  • Mean annual wage: $21,790
  • Median annual wage: $19,340
  • Mean hourly wage: $10.48
  • Median hourly wage: $9.30

The highest paying states for manicurists and pedicurists are Alaska, Iowa, Tennessee, Kansas and South Dakota, while the highest concentration of jobs is in New York, California and New Jersey. Most nail technicians work in nail salons, hair salons and spas, and some may run their own business. In 2012, 27 percent were self-employed.

Sources:

Manicurists and Pedicurists, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/manicurists-and-pedicurists.htm

Manicurists and Pedicurists, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes395092.htm

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Clovis: 731 W. Shaw Ave Clovis, CA 93612

Bakersfield: 2822 F Street Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Tucson: 3030 E Speedway Blvd Tucson, AZ 85716

Louisville: 5314 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40291

Monroeville: 320 Mall Boulevard, The Plaza Monroeville, PA 15146

Cincinnati: 8419 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45239

Owings Mills: 9616 Reisterstown Road, Suite 105 Owings Mills, MD 21117

Atlanta: 4719 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Suite 205 Atlanta, GA 30338

Harrisburg: 3941 Jonestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17109

Green Bay: 2575 West Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54304

Williamsport: 1808 E. Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701

Florence: 7285 Turfway Road Florence, KY 41042

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Philadelphia: 1522 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Exton: 454 W. Lincoln Hwy, Festival at Exton Exton, PA 19341

Lawrenceville: 1455 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 105 Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Hanover Park: 1167 East Lake Street Hanover Park, IL 60133

Cherry Hill: Plaza Cherry Hill, 2100 State Hwy #38 Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

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Lebanon: Cedar Crest Sq. 1776 Quentin Rd. Lebanon, PA 17042

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Providence: 151 Broadway Providence, RI 02903

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Caribou: 30 Skyway Drive Caribou, ME 04736

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Reading: 2302 N. 5th Street Highway Reading, PA 19605

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Concord: Shops @ Kings Grant-10075 Weddington Rd Concord, NC 28027

Littleton: 8996 W Bowles Ave Littleton, CO 80123

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Portland: 319 Marginal Way Portland, ME 04101

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Brentwood: 7106 Moores Lane, Ste A Brentwood, TN 37027

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Matthews: 11032 East Independence Boulevard Matthews, NC 28105

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Framingham: 624 Worchester Road Framingham, MA 01702

Hyannis: 259 North Street Hyannis, MA 02601

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Honolulu: 1111 Bishop Street Suite 400 Honolulu, HI 96813

Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

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Jackson: 4795 I-55 N. Jackson, MS 39206

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Chattanooga: 721 Eastgate Loop Chattanooga, TN 37411

Biloxi: 920 Cedar Lake Rd. Biloxi, MS 39532

Montgomery: 6200 Atlanta Hwy. Montgomery, AL 36117

Birmingham: 488 Palisades Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35209

Richmond: 7200 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23225

Greenville: 78 Global Dr., Ste. 200 Greenville, SC 29607

Baton Rouge: 9501 Cortana Pl. Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Charleston: 6185 Rivers Ave. Charleston, SC 29406

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Longmont: 2315 N. Main Street Longmont, CO 80501

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Santa Clara: 955 Monroe Ste. Santa Clara, CA 95050

San Mateo: 159 2nd Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401

Lomita: 2418 Lomita Blvd. Ste. B Lomita, CA 90717

Torrington: 33 East Main Street Torrington, CT 06790

Portland: 2540 NE MLK Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97212

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Redding: 1560 Market Street Redding, CA 96001

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Wichita: 1675 S. Rock Road Suite 101 Wichita, KS 67207

Hemet: 2627 W Florida Ave # 100 Hemet, CA 92545

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Bell Gardens: 4210 E Gage Ave Bell Gardens, CA 90201

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Ogden: 3721 So. 250 West Ogden, UT 84405

Provo: 2230 N. University Pkwy #4B Provo, UT 84604

Niantic: 63 Pennsylvania Ave Niantic, CT 06357

Enfield: 624 Enfield Street Enfield Plaza Enfield, CT 06082

Overland Park: 10324 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212

Lawrence: 1601 West 23rd Street 512 Poyntz Avenue Lawrence, KS 66046

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Campus Locations :

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

Pensacola: 4081 East Olive Road Suite B Pensacola, FL 32514

Windsor Mill: 6901 Security Blvd. Windsor Mill, MD 21244

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