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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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Tucson: 3030 E Speedway Blvd Tucson, AZ 85716

Glen Burnie: 6320 Ritchie Highway, Suite F Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Henrico: 9049 West Broad Street, #3 Henrico, VA 23294

Aurora: 16800 E Mississippi Ave Aurora, CO 80017

Bloomington: 9749 Lyndale Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420

Lowell: 231 Central Street Lowell, MA 01852

Indianapolis: 3810 East Southport Road Indianapolis, IN 46237

Lancaster: Wheatland Shop Ctr., 1801 Columbia Ave. Lancaster, PA 17603

Portage: 6091 Constitution Boulevard Portage, MI 49024

Denver: 441 Wadsworth Blvd Denver, CO 80226

Framingham: 624 Worchester Road Framingham, MA 01702

Buffalo: Walden Place, 2190 Walden Avenue Buffalo, NY 14225

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

Rochester: Elmridge Center, 340 Elmridge Center Drive Rochester, NY 14626

Louisville: 1049 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204

Saint Paul: 1905 Suburban Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55119

State College: 206 W. Hamilton Avenue State College, PA 16801

Memphis: 568 Colonial Road Memphis, TN 38117

Elizabethtown: 554 Westport Road Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Morrow: Southlake Pavilion II, 1958 Mt. Zion Rd. Ste. 205 Morrow, GA 30260

Boston: 30 West Street Boston, MA 02111

Flagstaff: 1790 E Rt 66 Flagstaff, AZ 86004

York: Kingston Sq. Shop Ctr., 2592 Eastern Blvd York, PA 17402

Springfield: Springfield Shopping Center, 799 West Sproul Rd Springfield, PA 19064

Waterville: 251 Kennedy Memorial Drive Waterville, ME 04901

Kennesaw: Town Ctr Plz, 425 Ernest-Barrett Pkwy, S H-2 Kennesaw, GA 30144

Warwick: 1276 Bald Hill Rd Warwick, RI 02886

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

Williamsport: 1808 E. Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701

Caribou: 30 Skyway Drive Caribou, ME 04736

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

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Lisle: 2709 Maple Avenue Lisle, IL 60532

Cincinnati: 8419 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45239

Warminster: 435 York Road Warminster, PA 18974

Grand Rapids: 455 Standale Plaza NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Florence: 7285 Turfway Road Florence, KY 41042

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

Atlanta: Briarcliff Village, 2190 Henderson Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30345

Eden Prairie: 964 Prairie Center Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Hyannis: 259 North Street Hyannis, MA 02601

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

Arlington Heights: Arlington Plaza, 264 West Rand Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Pittsburgh: 4768 McKnight Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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

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

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Chandler: 2978 N Alma School Rd Chandler, AZ 85224

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

Prescott: 410 W Goodwin St Prescott, AZ 86303

Providence: 151 Broadway Providence, RI 02903

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

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Littleton: 8996 W Bowles Ave Littleton, CO 80123

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Wyncote: Cedarbrook Plaza, 1000 Easton Road Wyncote, PA 19095

Savannah: 7400 Abercorn Street Suite 901 Savannah, GA 31406

Manitowoc: 1034 South 18th Street Manitowoc, WI 54220

West Palm Beach: Cross County Plaza, 4258 Okeechobee Blvd., (Inters West Palm Beach, FL 33409

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Malden: 347 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148

Phoenix: 12827 N Tatum Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85032

Midlothian: 10807 Hull Street Road Midlothian, VA 23112

Matthews: 11032 East Independence Boulevard Matthews, NC 28105

Portland: 319 Marginal Way Portland, ME 04101

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Campus Locations :

Clovis: 731 W. Shaw Ave Clovis, CA 93612

San Antonio: Ingram Park Mall - 6151 N.W. Loop 410, Ste. 201 San Antonio, TX 78238

Bakersfield: 2822 F Street Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Seaside: 1760 Fremont Blvd., Suite F2 Seaside, CA 93955

Sacramento: 5522 Garfield Ave. Sacramento, CA 95841

Layton: 575 North Main Street Layton, UT 84041

Chico: 2525 Dominic Drive, Suite E Chico, CA 95928

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

Fairfield: 675 Kings Hwy Fairfield, CT 06825

Fresno: 3117 W. Shaw Ave. Suite 108 Fresno, CA 93711

Redding: 1560 Market Street Redding, CA 96001

San Francisco: 1035 Market Street, Suite 100 San Francisco, CA 94103

Los Angeles: 241 S. Soto St. # 101 Los Angeles, CA 90023

East Hartford: 1000 Main Street East Hartford, CT 06108

Inglewood: 240 S. Market St. Inglewood, CA 90301

Meriden: 1231 E. Main St. Meriden, CT 06450

Ogden: 3721 So. 250 West Ogden, UT 84405

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

Castro Valley: 2806 Castro Valley Blvd. Castro Valley, CA 94546

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

Willimantic: 1320 Main St. Tyler Square Willimantic, CT 06226

Reseda: 18442 Sherman Way Reseda, CA 91335

San Bernardino: 721 W. 2nd St., Ste. E San Bernardino, CA 92410

Henderson: 4451 E. Sunset Rd. #16 Henderson, NV 89014

Manhattan: 512 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502

Hayward: 22641 Main Street Hayward, CA 94541

Hamden: 1245 Dixwell Avenue #8 Hamden, CT 06514

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Niantic: 63 Pennsylvania Ave Niantic, CT 06357

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Miami: 8200 SW 117 Avenue Miami, FL 33183

Fort Lauderdale: 3383 N State Road 7 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319

West Palm Beach: 6058 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Jacksonville: 6600 Youngerman Circle Jacksonville, FL 32244

Boynton Beach: 1703 N. Congress Avenue Boynton Beach, FL 33426

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Nampa: 1021 West Hemingway Nampa, ID 83651

Amarillo: 2400 SE 27th Amarillo, TX 79103

San Antonio: South San Antonio - 605 SW Military Dr. San Antonio, TX 78221

Fairfield: 934 Missouri Street Fairfield, CA 94533

El Paso: 1580 George Dieter Drive Suite 207 El Paso, TX 79936

Reno: 1050 Matley Lane Reno, NV 89502

La Quinta: 47120 Dune Palms La Quinta, CA 92253

Visalia: 3328 South Fairway Visalia, CA 93277

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Houston: 11310 Greens Crossing Houston, TX 77067

Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

Tampa: 2410 E. Busch Boulevard Tampa, FL 33612

Lafayette: 303 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette, LA 70508

Cleveland: 14445 Broadway Avenue Cleveland, OH 44125

Honolulu: 1111 Bishop Street Suite 400 Honolulu, HI 96813

Mobile: 828 Downtowner Loop West Mobile, AL 36609

Baton Rouge: 1900 N. Lobdell Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Columbia: 607 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29210

Nashville: 441 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214

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Fairview Heights: 110 Commerce Lane Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Saint Joseph: 3131 Frederick Ave. Saint Joseph, MO 64506

Kansas City: 8955 E. 38th Terrace Kansas City, MO 64129

Saint Charles: 3550 West Clay Street Saint Charles, MO 63301

Joplin: 809 Illinois Avenue Joplin, MO 64801

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Campus Locations :

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

Montgomery: 6200 Atlanta Hwy. Montgomery, AL 36117

Biloxi: 920 Cedar Lake Rd. Biloxi, MS 39532

Richmond: 7200 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23225

Macon: 1901 Paul Walsh Dr. Macon, GA 31206

Spartanburg: 8150 Warren H. Abernathy Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29301

Jacksonville: 5940 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32207

Greensboro: 3740 S. Holden Rd. Greensboro, NC 27406

Bossier City: 2950 E. Texas St., Ste. C Bossier City, LA 71111

Mobile: 3725 Airport Blvd., Ste. 165 Mobile, AL 36608

Chattanooga: 721 Eastgate Loop Chattanooga, TN 37411

Huntsville: 2021 Drake Ave. SW Huntsville, AL 35801

Columbus: 5601 Veterans Pkwy. Columbus, GA 31904

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

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

Birmingham: 488 Palisades Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35209

Charleston: 6185 Rivers Ave. Charleston, SC 29406

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

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

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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