Attendance at a college for cosmetology is required in order to become a professional nail technician. The college will teach basic techniques for manicuring, pedicuring and acrylic application. It is important to pay close attention while in the classroom as lessons are short and to the point, and students will be using their new-found skills on the public very quickly.

Beauty school will not only teach the techniques needed to perform a manicure and pedicure, but will also teach legitimate business practices, some light bookkeeping, and preparations for the exams required by most states and provinces. In order to earn a nail technician's certificate, a candidate is required to pass a written and practical exam.

In order to become a successful nail technician, it is also necessary to have an eye for detail and a certain talent for recognizing what is needed for excellent nail care. Harsh temperatures, cleaning products and other situations can cause nails to become dry and brittle. Teaching and offering advice to clients on how to take care of their hands and feet in between visits will lead to a loyal clientele as they will feel like the technician really cares about them.

What are Nail Technicians like?


Based on our pool of users, nail technicians tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Nail Technicians by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 306 Sokanu users

Are Nail Technicians happy?


Nail technicians rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 43rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Nail Technician Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Nail Technicians

The most common degree held by nail technicians is Cosmetology. 3% of nail technicians had a degree in cosmetology before becoming nail technicians. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among nail technicians, representing 2% of nail technicians in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.2 times the average.

Nail Technician Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Nail Technician, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of nail technicians % of population Multiple
Cosmetology 2.6% 1.1% 2.5×
Business Management And Administration 1.6% 6.5% 0.2×
Human Resources 1.3% 1.0% 1.3×

Nail Technician Education Levels

49% of nail technicians have a high school diploma. 36% of nail technicians have a no education.

No education 36%
High school diploma 49%
Associate's degree 15%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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