Manicurists & Pedicurists


Manicurists and pedicurists shape, trim, and paint fingernails and toenails
Are your friends always coming to you to get their nails done? Love getting creative on your own nails? Learn how to do it like a pro!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Help people look and feel their best, Put your creativity to work, Work in a variety of settings, including salons, spas, hotels, resorts, and cruise ships!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Manicurist, Nail Technician, Pedicurist

Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Manicurist, Nail Technician, Pedicurist
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Your Typical Day:

  • Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
  • Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
  • Maintain supply inventories and records of client services.
  • Shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards.
  • Prepare nail cuticles with water and oil, using cuticle knives to push back cuticles and scissors or nippers to trim cuticles.
  • Prepare customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.
  • Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs.
  • Use rotary abrasive wheels to shape and smooth nails or artificial extensions.
  • Schedule client appointments and accept payments.
  • Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin, and massage hands.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Treat nails by shaping, decorating, or augmenting.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Maintain supply or equipment inventories.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Administer therapeutic massages.
  • Assess skin or hair conditions.
  • Provide medical or cosmetic advice for clients.
  • Promote products, services, or programs.
  • Sell products or services.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 59/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 41/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 40/100

  • Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems. 37/100

  • Sales and Marketing

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. 36/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 35/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 35/100

  • Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. 32/100

  • Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins. 32/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 31/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Manicure implements
  • Nail clippers
  • Pedicure implements
  • Pumice stone
  • Extremity hydrotherapy baths or tanks
  • Carts
  • Ultraviolet sterilizers
  • Dry heat or hot air sterilizers
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders
  • Notebook computers
  • Cash registers
  • Air brushes
  • Tweezers
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
  • Tables
  • Nail dryers
  • Personal computers
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