Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Washington 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 Washington estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 24.9% through 2024. This is almost twice the national average of 13% which makes Washington an excellent location to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the statute. These rules can be found by visiting their website here.
In the state of Washington, the education requirements for laser technicians are set by statute WAC 246-918-125: Use of laser, light, radiofrequency, and plasma devices as applied to the skin.
Because an Laser, Light, Radiofrequency, and Plasma (LLRP) device penetrates and alters human tissue, the use of an LLRP device is the practice of medicine under RCW 18.71.011.
The statute stipulates that only a physician or physician assistant and properly trained and licensed professionals under the supervision of a physician may perform the laser treatment. Certain restrictions are also listed which spell out what types of procedures may be performed and the education requirements:
- The treatment in no way involves surgery as that term is understood in the practice of medicine;
- Such delegated use falls within the supervised professional’s lawful scope of practice;
- The LLRP device is not used on the globe of the eye; and
- The supervised professional has appropriate training in, at a minimum, application techniques of each LLRP device, cutaneous medicine, indications and contraindications for such procedures, preprocedural and postprocedural care, potential complications and infectious disease control involved with each treatment.
- The delegating physician assistant has written office protocol for the supervised professional to follow in using the LLRP device.
- The physician assistant is responsible for ensuring that the supervised professional uses the LLRP device only in accordance with the written office protocol, and does not exercise independent medical judgment when using the device.
- The physician assistant shall be on the immediate premises during any use of an LLRP device and be able to treat complications, provide consultation, or resolve problems, if indicated.
Washington Laser Technician Certification(s)
Washington does not have any licensure requirements for persons performing laser treatments (outside of physicians and physician assistants).
The job market in Washington 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 Washington to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of Washington can expect an average income of $41,190 per year, or $19.80/hour. This salary expectation is greater than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the higher cost of living. Experience can also increase your salary over time.