Are you Interested in starting a career as a Laser Technician in New York 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 New York estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 22.0% through 2024. This is greater than the national average of 13% which makes New York an excellent location start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the New York Medical Board. These rules can be found by visiting their site here.
The Medical Board of New York decided in 2002 that the use of lasers for any cosmetic and medical treatments, including laser hair removal, is the practice of medicine. As such, these procedures should only be performed by licensed physicians within the state or under their direction.
Currently, physicians may delegate procedures which they are trained and qualified to perform so long as they provide supervision.
No formal training requirements are specified by law for delegates however physicians hiring prospective laser technicians will want applicants to have education and experience from technician school.
There is a pending bill within the state senate (Senate Bill S6088) which looks to amend the current law in New York and allow estheticians to perform laser hair removal without the direction of a physician. The bill also looks to set age, training and hands-on experience requirements as well.
The bill was introduced during the 2017 session and is still pending approval by the rules committee. A copy of the pending bill as well as it’s status can be found here.
New York Laser Technician Certification(s)
Currently, the state of New York does not require any licensure or certifications for delegates of laser treatments. The supervising physician is responsible for ensure delegates have the proper training and experience to perform these procedures safely. Physicians may require certification through a nationally accredited organization.
The job market in New York 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 New York to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of New York can expect an average income of $39,410 per year, or $18.96/hour. This salary expectation is greater than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the higher cost of living. If the bill passes, we suspect an increase in the average income considering the addition training and licensure requirements for laser technicians. Experience can also increase your salary over time.