Career Details

Nail Technician


Career Overview

A nail technician provides services related to fingernails and toenails including cleaning, filing, painting, and polishing. In addition, they may massage and moisturize hands and feet.


Nail technicians must complete a cosmetology or related program and get licensed to do this work. These programs are often provided by colleges and may lead to a certificate or degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$18,000 /yr
$21,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Communication
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Nail technicians generally work in nail or hair salons and spas. Some may be self-employed. This job requires a lot of sitting and dealing with chemicals. Part-time positions are common in this line of work.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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