Hawaii Laser Technician School, Certification and Salary

Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Hawaii and not sure where to begin? Take a minute to read our summary of what education is required, the certifications needed, job opportunities and salary expectations.

Based on the US Labor Bureau, the state of Hawaii estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 11% through the year 2024. Compared to the national average of 13%, Hawaii is an average place to start a Laser Technician career.

The requirements for any person wanting to perform laser treatments in Hawaii are set by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. These rules can be found on their homepage here.

Education Required

Prior to April 2012, the use of lasers in cosmetic procedures was not a regulated treatment in the state of Hawaii. A hearing by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (read a summary here) ruled that the use of lasers by any licensee under it’s umbrella was prohibited as it was considered the practice of medicine (8/14/2014 ruling).

Considering the broad definition provided by the ruling in 2012, laser treatments in Hawaii and the surrounding islands may only be performed by a licensed medical doctor, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.

To become a physician assistant or nurse in the state of Hawaii will require a bachelors degree as well as successful completion of graduate level PA school, masters of science in nursing, doctor of nursing practice. All three programs typically last between 1 and 2 years following completion of a bachelors degree.

Hawaii Laser Technician Certification(s)

The state of Hawaii nor the Medical Board do not specify any specific certifications required to perform laser treatments, however it is required that you are certified as a physician assistant or nurse. Each of these certifications will require completion of a written exam monitored by the state. The physician assistant test (PANCE) is 300 multiple-choice questions and is taken over a 5 hour period. The nurse practitioner test is shorter, between 150 and 200 questions depending on the exam you take and is taken over 3 hours.

Job Opportunities

The job market in Hawaii for skincare specialist, and specifically physician assistants, nurses or medical doctors has been growing year over year, with a wealth of opportunities for employment. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to Hawaii to find job opportunities in your area.

Salary Expectations

Skincare Specialists, but more specifically physician assistant or nurses in the state of Hawaii can expect an average income of $113,840 per year, or $54.73/hour. The higher income expectation is driven by the education and certification required to perform laser treatments in Hawaii, as well as the high cost of living. This salary expectation is over 3 times the national average of $30,270. Experience may also increase your salary over time.

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