Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Maryland and not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to read our summary of the education you need, certifications required, job opportunities and skincare salary expectations.
Based on the US Labor Bureau, the state of Maryland estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 45.9% through 2024. This is among the highest job growth in the United States and over 3 times the national average of 13%, making Maryland one of the best states to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. These rules can be found in their declaratory ruling from 2000 here.
In 2000, the Maryland Board of Electrology petitioned the Board of Physician Quality Assurance for a ruling on whether a physician can delegate the usage of laser hair removal devices to non-physician personnel.
In short, it was ruled that the use of lasers for hair removal or other procedures was considered a surgical act and as such, only physicians, certified nurse practitioners, registered nurses and physician assistants may use the lasers.
All three of these non-physicians require the supervision of a physician while performing laser treatments.
The education and training requirements for NP, RN and PA include formal education at an accredited university with a bachelors degree. All three options will also require completion of the nurse practitioner or physician assistant program within the state. These programs typically take 1-2 years to complete and include formal education and hands-on training.
Maryland Laser Technician Certification(s)
Anyone looking to perform laser treatments in Maryland is required to hold a physician, certified nurse practitioner, registered nurse or physician assistant license. Licensure will require successful completion of an approved continuing education program that takes 1-2 years and a passing score on the state specified exam. Prospective nurse practitioners will need accreditation from a national recognized organization, and physician assistants are required to pass the PANCE exam which includes 300 multiple-choice questions over a 5 hour period.
The job market in Maryland for skincare specialist has been growing exponentially, 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 Maryland to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of Maryland can expect an average income of $96,110 to $108,000 per year, or $46.20 to $52/hour. This salary expectation is over three times than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the required licensure to practice laser treatments in this state. Experience can also increase your salary over time.