Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Alaska 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 Alaska estimates level job opportunities for skincare specialist through 2024. This is less than the national average of 13% which makes Alaska an average location to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing non-ablative laser treatment are set by the Alaska State Medical Board. These rules can be found within the Alaska State Medical Board Guideline Regarding the Use of Lasers and Laser Surgery and Electrolysis and Laser Hair Removal Memo.
In 2007, the Medical Board of Alaska adopted the rules of the American Medical Association with respect to the use of lasers and laser surgery. The general definitions and rules are found in American Medical Association’s Policy H-475.989 and H-475.988, which read:
“Laser surgery should be performed only by individuals licensed to practice medicine and surgery or by those categories of practitioners currently licensed by the state to perform surgical services.”
“The board opines that revision, destruction, incision or other structural alteration of human tissue using laser is surgery.”
Because of the broad definition of lasers and laser surgery, Alaska limits the types of procedures in which a laser technician can perform. These limitations apply to the use of hot (ablative) and cold (non-ablative) lasers.
Licensed Medical Doctors can delegate ablative laser treatments to “advanced healthcare practitioners” which includes Nurse Practitioners and Physician’s Assistants. Both of these delegates require advanced education including an associates or bachelors degree.
Non-ablative laser treatments including Laser Hair Removal (Cold) and Microdermabrasion may be preformed by an Esthetician, so long as the laser does go below the dermal layer.
Esthetician’s must complete all coursework from a school with curriculum in esthetics approved by the board. In addition, Alaska requires an apprenticeship with a minimum of 350 hours to be completed within 6 months and 1 year after starting.
Alaska Laser Technician Certification(s)
To become an Esthetician and to practice Laser Therapy in Alaska, you must also pass a state administered examination at the time and place set by the board. Following completion of the exam and schooling, you may apply for a license. More information on the requirements can be found here.
As mentioned above, job opportunities in the field of skincare within Alaska are currently stagnant with little growth expected through 2024. This is partly a result of the limited population but also the state requirement of licensure to perform these treatments which limits the number of people who want to pursue this career. You can use our network resources in Alaska to search for current openings by clicking the button below.
Skincare Specialists and specifically Estheticians in the state of Alaska can expect an average income of $61,600 per year, or $29.62/hour. This salary expectation is close to twice the national average of $30,270, which is driven by the higher cost of living as well as the additional education and licensure needed. Experience can also increase your salary over time.