A special thank you to Hanah Tetro, self employed esthetician for participating in this interview.
Please provide us with a brief description of your field.
I am an esthetician. I do facials, waxing, laser hair removal, manicure, and pedicures for clients. I also provide my clients with advice about how to care for their skin at home.
What is your current position?
I am currently self-employed and work from home.
What types of backgrounds are relevant for someone looking to work as an esthetician?
In order to be an esthetician, you need to attend an esthetics school and study for several hundred hours. You need to receive hands on training for waxing and facials. In order to do manicures and pedicures, you need to take a separate (much shorter) course.
What education and experience should an Oleh looking to become an esthetician come with?
An Oleh looking to work as an esthetician in Israel should have either received the proper training in the country they immigrated from or sign-up for a course in Israel.
Is there any kind of license or certification you need, to work as an esthetician in Israel?
Estheticians in Israel pass a test administered by the Ministry of Trade and Industry once they finish their course. There is no license in Israel for working as an esthetician. You can use your diploma from abroad to work as an esthetician in Israel.
How important is Hebrew in your field?
In order to reach the widest possible client base, Hebrew is very important in this field. If you cannot speak Hebrew well, you will be very limited in reaching clients since communicating with those people who do not speak your native language will be very difficult.
What are the benefits of your job?
There are many benefits to being an esthetician but one of the main ones is the positive interactions that you have with your clients by helping them relax and feel good about their appearance.
Is this employment more in demand in certain areas of Israel?
I think being an esthetician is pretty much in demand everywhere in Israel.
What is the salary range?
Very hard to say. Your salary can vary tremendously from month to month. If you work for someone else as opposed to working for yourself you will either be paid a commission on each service or an hourly rate.
Do you have any other advice or tips for Olim?
Being an esthetician in Israel is a competitive field. Find something that is unique about you or the services you provide in order to stand out.
How do you feel about working and living in Israel?
I am happy to be living and working in Israel.