As a licensed and trained esthetician, you have a number of different employment options. Estheticians work primarily in spas, medical spas, and physician’s offices. Each of these work environments is rewarding both professionally and financially. Estheticians never find themselves stuck in their jobs—they can easily move from one type of business to another throughout their careers. As a student of New York Institute of Beauty’s esthetician program, staff will guide you through the process of finding the best work environment for your career goals.


Estheticians can usually find work easily at spas. Spas are either independent businesses or part of a hotel or cruise line. During a spa visit with an esthetician, clients will request services such as waxing, facials, makeup applications, and chemical peels. In many areas, estheticians are given two options when working in spas: renting space or working on commission. Entry-level estheticians tend to work on commission before getting the initial investment needed for renting space.

Medical Spa

Medical spas are defined as a blend of a traditional day spa and a medical clinic. Medical spas will have service options such as facials and body wraps along with a menu of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Microneedling and dermal fillers are examples of two types of services that could be found at a medical spa. Estheticians at medical spas are usually required to have more advanced training with some states issuing master esthetician licenses. Medical spa estheticians earn higher wages since they will be providing more expensive treatments.

Physician’s Office

The work environment for an esthetician in a physician’s office is very similar to a medical spa. The esthetician will be part of a health care team within a medical office that treats skin conditions. Laser centers, dermatologists, and health clinics are examples of offices that hire estheticians. Chemical peels, laser treatments, injectables, and microdermabrasion can all be done within a physician’s offices. Since some states require medical supervision for certain procedures, estheticians will likely be able to perform more treatments than what is allowed in a day spa.

For more than twenty years, the New York Institute of Beauty has helped trained the top estheticians in the field. Our beginner and advanced programs cover key topics such as chemistry, skin analysis, makeup techniques, laser procedures, and much more. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of our New York State Approved Esthetics Programs.