ELECTROLOGISTS remove unwanted hair permanently using specially designed needle-type tools called epilators. The specialists who practice this profession are highly skilled independent practitioners who are trained and educated in the theory and practice of electrology. Electrologists insert a very fine, sterile stainless steel needle or probe alongside the hair in the hair follicle. A small amount of electrical current is then applied through the probe, which destroys the hair root. Electrologists are able to destroy the hair root without puncturing or harming the skin. Most clients return several times before they finally achieve the desired results.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $33,000 average per year ($15.75 per hour)
- A large occupation (349,400 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (2.0% per year)
A high school diploma is usually required to train as an ELECTROLOGIST. Training may be obtained from trade schools. Professional schools of electrolysis operated by leading manufacturers of electrolysis machines offer 600 hours of instruction, which may take more than six months to complete. Most states require licensing for electrologists. Licensing requirements vary from state to state. Check with your state licensing board for specific requirements. Usually, educational standards must be met and applicants must pass an examination before they can become licensed.