Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Alabama 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 Alabama estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 14% through 2024. This is greater than the national average of 13% which makes Alabama a great place to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing non-ablative laser treatment are set by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners & Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama. These rules can be found by visiting their homepage here.
The state of Alabama has specific training requirements before a technician can perform laser treatment. These are found under section 7 of the Board rules, Chapter 540-X-11. The requirements included a minimum of 16 hours of basic training and ongoing maintenance of competence. Laser Technician’s without a medical degree generally fall into two roles, a Level 1 Delegate and a Level 2 Delegate.
Level 1 Delegates require physician’s supervision while performing any laser procedures while Level 2 Delegates can perform the treatment without supervision.
Both roles require a minimum of 16 hours of basic training which includes the principles of lasers, intense pulsed light devices and thermal, radiofrequency and other non-ablative devices, their instrumentation, physiological effects and safety requirements. The training should also include clinical applications of various laser wavelengths and hands-on sessions with devices and their surgical or therapeutic delivery systems. This training must be completed for each laser device being used.
The Level 2 Delegate also requires training in the following areas:
(a) Fundamentals of laser operation;
(b) Bio-effects of laser radiation on the eye and skin;
(c) Significance of specular and diffuse reflections;
(d) Non-beam hazards of lasers;
(e) Non-ionizing radiation hazards;
(f) Laser and laser system classifications; and
(g) Control measures.
They must also sign the facility’s policies and procedures regarding the safe use of non-ablative devices, and completed at least 10 procedures under supervision with competency.
Continued training and experience are required to maintain both the Level 1 Delegate and Level 2 Delegate.
Alabama Laser Technician Certification(s)
Alabama does not require any certifcation or testing beyond the education requirements detailed above. Physician’s offices providing laser treatments must register with the board of Medical Examiners using this form.
The job market in Alabama for skincare specialist has been growing year over year, with plenty of opportunities for employment. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to Alabama to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of Alabama can expect an average income of $32,500 per year, or $15.63/hour. This salary expectation is 7.3% greater than the national average of $30,270. Experience can also increase your salary over time.