Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in North Carolina and 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 North Carolina estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 16.4% through 2024. This is greater than the national average of 13% which makes North Carolina a great location start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the North Carolina Medical Board. These rules can be found by reviewing their descriptive PDF here.
The state of North Carolina and it’s Medical Board consider laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal as a surgical procedure and a practice of medicine. As such, only a physician and delegated “non-physician” under the physician’s supervision may perform these procedures.
In addition, FDA approved laser devices may only be owned by a licensed physician within the state.
The Medical Board does not specify what education requirement is necessary to become a delegate however the physician must ensure that they are “adequately trained, competent and experience to use a medical laser safely”. At the end of the day, the physician is responsible for any procedures in which they delegate to a non-physician and as such they may require outside training from an accredited laser hair removal program before application.
Becoming an electrologist under North Carolina § 88A-1 and having licensure to complete Laser Hair Removal procedures under subsection 88A-11.a will allow you additional scope as a laser technician. It still requires the supervision of a licensed physician however you do not require the delegate duties. Additionally, a licensed electrologist can own their own laser hair removal business so long as they are under the supervision of a licensed physician within the state.
The education requirement to get your laser hair practitioner license includes completion of the following:
- Completed a minimum 30-hour laser, light source, or pulsed-light treatment certification course approved by the Board and in accordance with rules adopted by the Board.
- Be currently using or anticipate using laser, light source, or pulsed-light devices that the person has been certified by a Board-approved school to operate.
North Carolina Laser Technician Certification(s)
As stated above, a delegate does not require licensure while operating under the responsibility of a physician. Those looking to enjoy the scope of an electrologist and laser hair practitioner will require a few extra steps. Becoming a certified electrologist will require completion of a board certified exam. After licensure is granted and after completion of the education requirements above, the electrologist may apply for the laser hair practitioner license which does not require additional examination.
The job market in North Carolina 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 North Carolina to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of North Carolina can expect an average income of $33,720 per year, or $16.21/hour. This salary expectation is just above the national average of $30,270. Licensure as an electrologist and laser hair practitioner, as well as owning the business, can increase this salary expectation considerably.