Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in California 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 California estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 16% through 2024. This is greater than the national average of 13% and when you combine that with the most skincare jobs in the US, California is an excellent place to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing non-ablative laser treatment are set by the Medical Board of California. These rules can be found by visiting their homepage here.
The state of California views cosmetic laser treatments as a practice of medicine and requires such procedures only be performed by a medical doctor, or a physician assistant or registered nurse under the supervision of a medical doctor.
A few minor cosmetic procedures including microdermabrasion can be performed by an esthetician, so long as the treatment does not go below the top layer of skin. More rules relating to what a esthetician can and can’t do can be found here.
Since California requires a laser technician hold a physician assistant or registered nurse certification in order to perform laser procedures, the education required will include completion of one of these more detailed training programs. Physician Assistant School requires completion of a bachelors program and then application occurs for PA school.
California Laser Technician Certification(s)
California requires physician assistants and registered nurses become certified by completion of an exam and application process with the state in order to complete laser treatments. The physician assistant examination (PANCE) is taken after completion of physician assistant school and includes 300 multiple choice questions over a 5 hour period. After a passing score of great than 350, a prospective physician assistant can apply with the California’s Physician Assistant Board using this form.
The job market in California for skincare specialist has been growing year over year, with the most opportunities for employment in the United States (over 7,600 current skincare specialists). You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to California to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists wishing to practice laser procedures in the state of California can expect an average income of $110,860 per year, or $53.30/hour. This salary expectation is three times greater than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the high cost of living in California, but also the extensive education and licensure requirements imposed by the state. Experience can also increase your salary over time.