Pedicurists are the foot counterparts of manicurists. If manicurists are in charge of doing a client’s fingernails then a pedicurist takes care of cleaning, polishing and painting the nails on her feet. This is the career for those who love to work in nail salons and spas. This job enables you to give advice to clients on the proper care of her feet and nails.
Just like a manicurist, pedicurists should have good finger dexterity. The tools you will be using to clean and cut her toenails are sharp. If your hand isn’t steady or you have bad hand-eye coordination, the chances of hurting a customer are high. That could cost you your job—and even bring on a potential lawsuit. Pedicurists should also be creative and abreast of the latest trends in nail art. Just like manicurists, pedicurists also need to listen to their clients and truly find joy in talking with them so they can form great client relationships and encourage repeat customers.
Those who go on to become pedicurists don’t do so out of money because the pay isn’t really that lucrative. Rather, grooming a client’s feet and putting on nail art on toenails can serve as a good training ground for those who would like to open their own nail salons someday. It’s also a good part-time job for those who are still in school or have another fulltime work and want to augment their income.
Pedicurist Work Environment
Just like manicurists, pedicurists work in nail salons, spas and hair salons. Their schedules depend on where they work. Full-service salons usually require pedicurists to work fulltime while boutique hair salons can work part-time. Those who are self-employed and already have regular clients just work when they are called. They don’t have a salon but do the work in the homes of their customers. Busy times for pedicurists are evenings and weekends.
According to the Occupational Employment and Wages report of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, pedicurist and manicurists received a mean annual wage of $21,790 in May 2013 or a median wage of $9.30 per hour. This income, however, can be augmented by customer tips. Other personal appearance workers like barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists are paid much more at $27,540 annually.
Pedicurist Career Outlook
From 2012 to 2022, the employment growth rate of pedicurists and manicurists is expected to rise 16 percent. This is faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. People, especially women, from different income levels will drive this demand because manicures and pedicures are not very expensive to get.
Only a high school diploma is necessary for aspiring pedicurists. They will still need to undergo a state-approved nail technician or cosmetology program to officially gain entry into the profession. After completing the program, they will have to take and pass a written and practical exam before they can get their license from the state boards. The National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology provides the requirements of each state for pedicurists to obtain their license.