Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Delaware and not sure where to begin? Take a moment and read our summary of the education you need, any certifications required, career opportunities and salary expectations.
Based on the US Labor Bureau, the state of Delaware estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 2% through 2024. This is less than the national average of 13% which makes Delaware a challenging place to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the Delaware General Assembly and more specifically the Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. These rules can be found by visiting their website here and here. Additionally, the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline addresses the delegation of laser procedures.
The Delaware Board of Cosmetology and Barbering only addresses Laser Hair Removal in it’s rules and regulations with the following citation:
10.0 Prohibited Hazardous Substances/Use of Products
10.6 The use of laser technology for hair removal is prohibited.
This applies solely to those professions which fall under the scope of the board of cosmetology and barbering, including estheticians and cosmetologists, the two most common professions to complete laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal is prohibited by the board as it is considered the practice of medicine and within the scope of a medical doctor. Medical doctors in Delaware are governed by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
Medical doctors can delegate medical responsibility to a non-physician, so long as they supervise the procedures performed by the delegate and continue to follow up with the patient following treatment. Non-Physician’s in the state include physician assistant and nurse practitioners.
The education required to become a physician assistant includes a bachelor’s degree, as well as successful completion of a graduate physician assistant program which can take between 1 and 2 years to complete.
Delaware Laser Technician Certification(s)
Delaware requires non-physician’s have proper education and licensure to perform laser procedures in the state. This includes physician assistant or nurse practitioner certifications which include extensive testing to become licensed in the state. For instance, the physician assistant testing (PANCE) is a 300 multiple choice exam taken over 5 hours. After receiving a passing score of 350 or greater, you may then apply for licensure after passing a background exam.
The job market in Delaware for skincare specialist and laser technicians has been stagnate year over year, with some opportunities for employment in the next few years. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to Delaware to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists, and more specifically physician assistants, in the state of Delaware can expect an average income of $103,550 per year, or $49.78/hour. This salary expectation is 3x greater than the national average of $30,270, driven by the high cost of living in Delaware as well as the physician’s assistant degree and accreditation required to perform laser procedures. Experience can also increase your salary over time.