Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Missouri but not sure where to start? Take a moment and read our summary of what education you need, any certifications required, job opportunities and salary expectations.
Based on the US Labor Bureau, the state of Missouri estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 15.3% through 2024. This is greater than the national average of 13% which makes Missouri a great state to start a Laser Technician career.
The general rules for medical practice in the state of Missouri are set by the Medical Board however a lack of regulation in the field of lasers treatments leaves little documentation of who can and cannot perform these treatments. A case exists (which you can find here) that spoke to the whether the use lasers was considered medical treatment. There is also a pending with the Missouri House of Representatives (House Bill No. 493) which looks to also clarify who can use lasers and what education/licensure is required. A copy of said bill can be found here.
The Medical Board of Missouri currently does not have any statutes or rules regarding the usage of lasers in cosmetic or medical treatments.
A case from 2007 provided some insight into what regulations are in place for laser technicians in the state. It was deemed by the court of appeals that only laser treatments performed under the direction of a physician are considered medical in nature. It further went on to comment on the lack of legislation in place that regulates the use of lasers.
A house bill entered back in 2007 looked to address the lack of education and licensure requirements. The house bill proposed that laser treatments would fall under the purview of estheticians, which would require the training and licensure requirements of an esthetician.
This bill however stalled in the House of Representatives and has not yet been passed.
While there are no formal school or training requirements to perform laser treatments in Missouri, most medical spas and doctor’s offices will require outside training. This is to ensure you have proper understanding of safe laser operation and avoid injuries to patients.
Missouri Laser Technician Certification(s)
Similar to the education requirements, the state of Missouri does not set a licensure or certification requirement to perform laser treatments. The pending bill before the house of representatives looks to add the esthetician licensure requirement, however this bill has not seen must traction in 10 years.
While no license is required by law, a practice physician or medical spa may require you pass an exam from a nationally accredited laser technician program.
The job market in Missouri for skincare specialist has been growing year over year, with a wealth of opportunities to start a career. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to Missouri to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of Missouri can expect an average income of $35,310 per year, or $16.97/hour. This salary expectation is over the national average of $30,270 driven by a slightly higher cost of living. Experience may also increase your salary over time.