The Different Types of Cosmetic Laser Technician Jobs

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Author: Patricia Pezzano

Interested in becoming a cosmetic laser technician in Canada?

You’re in for a rewarding career! Laser technician jobs fall under the thriving medical aesthetics industry. In 2022, the global medical aesthetics industry was valued at $16.2 billion and is projected to hit $41.1 billion by 2030.

With an increase in work-from-home arrangements, it has become so much more convenient for people to undergo various skin and laser treatments, as they can recover at home while still working. In addition, increased social media exposure has helped shine the spotlight on effective cosmetic treatments—and now people are flocking to medical spas and dermatology clinics to get beautified.

And the best news is that this trend is expected to continue, so what better time to start your laser technician career than now? Keep reading to learn more about the various opportunities available!

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Laser Technician Jobs in Canada 

If you think laser technicians have very limited career opportunities, you’d be pleased to know that that’s not the case.

There is currently a high demand for minimally invasive treatments like non-surgical skin tightening, tattoo removals, laser hair removals, and Botox and dermal injections. Increasing awareness about self-care and anti-aging treatments has greatly contributed to the growing demand for such minimally invasive treatments. You can leverage this growth by becoming any of the following.

1. Laser Aesthetician 

A laser aesthetician is someone who directly provides laser services to the customer. Laser aestheticians are licensed to perform non-invasive laser procedures. They are typically knowledgeable in at least one of the following laser treatments:

  • Photofacials;
  • Laser hair removal;
  • Tattoo removal;
  • Skin tag removal;
  • Spider vein treatment; and
  • Light therapies. 

Laser aestheticians can work on a per-job basis, which means the more laser procedures they perform, the higher they earn. While some aestheticians work in several establishments, most  work full or part-time for a single employer with a regular salary.

2. Team Leader or Spa Supervisor

Laser aestheticians with more experience may get promoted to higher positions later on, such as spa supervisor. This involves ensuring up-to-date training of their team, enforcing safety and treatment protocols, and monitoring the performance of other laser aestheticians. They may also be tasked to oversee aesthetician scheduling and hiring, and the maintenance of laser equipment.

3. Spa Manager or Owner

Laser technicians can also become spa managers or have their own spas. Spa owners with laser technician licences are at an advantage because they know exactly how laser equipment works and can stand in for the staff when they are on-leave.

Spa managers and owners are also in charge of operations and are responsible for securing business permits, licences, and other legal requirements.

4. Medical Laser Technicians

Medical laser technicians work on more complex procedures—usually alongside dermatologists or plastic surgeons—at medical clinics or medical spas. Sometimes, they are doctors themselves. In this case, they may also have the licence to perform ablative or invasive laser procedures such as, laser skin resurfacing, scar revisions, and cellulite reduction.

5. Aesthetic Laser Sales Representative

Aesthetic laser sales representatives can work for pharmaceutical companies and sell laser equipment, accessories, and medical products. They can also work directly for spas and wellness centres to promote laser treatments to potential customers.

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How Much Does a Laser Technician Make?

The average cosmetic laser technician salary in Canada is $50,000 per year. This amount differs depending on the size of business, location, and how complicated or invasive the procedure is to perform.

Entry-level laser technicians and trainees could start at $2,000 per month and have fewer shifts. Spa managers, on the other hand, may earn a base pay between $47,000 to $80,000 per year. Aesthetic laser salespeople selling laser equipment are capable of taking home six-digit earnings from combined base salaries and commissions.

Spa owners report variable earnings as each spa offers different kinds of services and may not be limited to laser procedures. On average, Canadian medical spas report $924,000 yearly revenue per facility.

Get Certified as a Laser Technician Now 

Start your laser technician training with APT Injection Training’s Online Laser Module Course. This self-paced online module is perfect for medical practitioners looking to expand their services with laser and light treatments.

APT’s Online Laser Module Course is the ideal foundation for acquiring technical and theoretical knowledge on laser technology and the various skin conditions treatable with laser. While other online modules only provide lengthy PDFs or PowerPoint slides, APT Injection Training combines the following:

  • Interactive learning materials;
  • Videos; and
  • Quizzes and assessments. 

These elements help ensure that self-learners master the necessary concepts before starting practical training.

What makes us unique is that we are internationally recognized, which means our students get trained using materials and instructions that follow international standards.

For more questions about laser technician jobs and our various certification courses, leave us a message or call our training facility in Ontario. We’d be glad to help you kickstart your laser technician career.

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