Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Joseph Conboy from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:

Joseph Conboy

Associate Director

Irish Tax Institute

Read more

Joseph Conboy
If you are looking for a career that keeps you always challenged and interested, then you really should consider a career in tax! The fact that tax is constantly changing helps keep it interesting. Every year we have a new Budget/Finance Act which introduces new tax law that we have to get on top off. So it means we are constantly learning and need to be up to date with changes as quickly as possible – that’s what our clients expect of us.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Study Skills
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Beauty Therapist

Job Zone

Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship or training program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€18k > 28
Beauty Therapist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 28
Related Information:
Data Source(s):

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Provides and applies a range of cosmetic treatments and advice to improve the appearance and general well-being of their client.

Videos & Interviews header image

1Total Records:1

Orla Gallagher
Spa Manager

Orla Gallagher works as the Spa Manager for the Sirana Spa located in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. She holds a Social Science Degree and has Diplomas in the following areas; Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Spa Management. She also has an array of complementary health subjects such as Thai Massage, Iridology, Colon Hydrotherapy, Homotoxicology etc. She is also working with the Athlone Institute of Technology in devising the first Spa Management Degree course in Ireland which will be available in September 2009.

Go to Interview

Follow the links below to watch videos related to this occupation:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Beauty Therapist - from: icould [UK] Video

Go..Search YouTube for Beauty Therapist videos

The Work header image

Beauty therapists aim to improve the appearance of their client's face and body, to make them look and feel better. They carry out such skills as manicure, pedicure, manual facials, waxing, makeovers and eye treatments.  
The beauty therapist first talks to their client about the kind of treatment they want. This is called a consultation. The therapist uses the information the client has given them and their knowledge of the different types of treatment available to decide which treatment is best.  
Beauty therapists work on all parts of the body. They do facials, using a range of products such as cleansers and toners. Often, electrical machines can be used.  
They also do facial and full or part body massages. A full body massage includes the back, the legs and feet, the abdomen, the arms and hands, and the shoulders. They massage using their hands or special equipment. They may use aromatic essential oils.  
Electrical equipment can be used for non-surgical facelifts - electric currents are used to stimulate the face muscles. Sometimes a client will ask for unwanted hair to be removed. The beauty therapist can do this using warm wax or sugar, or electrolysis.  
Waxing and sugaring consist of applying the warm substance to the prepared area, allowing it to cool and then removing it, either by stripping, peeling or rubbing it away. Electrolysis is a method of removing hair permanently - the therapist inserts a fine needle into each hair follicle and switches on a low electric current. This destroys the hair root and prevents further growth.  
Beauty therapists also do electrical treatments for slimming and toning, and give advice on exercise. Beauty therapists may specialise in the advanced use of electrical treatments, which can remove thread veins and skin blemishes.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Personality, maturity, and a sympathetic nature, a well-groomed appearance and an ability to get on well with others are essential requirements for the job. You need to have good communication skills, so that you can listen carefully to what you customer wants and to explain the possible options that you can provide as a solution.  
Good health is also essential as the work can be strenuous.

Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Beauty Therapist - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Beauty Therapist - from: YouTube [UK]

Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image


Organisation: ITEC Accredited Centres in Ireland
Tel: +44(0)2 89944141
Email: Click here
Url Click here


Organisation: CIDESCO - Accredited Beauty Schools in Ireland
Tel: +41(44) 448 2200
Email: Click here
Url Click here

Job Search

Career Articles

Is a career in the Beauty Industry for you?

Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Fashion & Beauty

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database