Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Massachusetts but 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 Massachusetts estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 10.8% through 2024. This is less than the national average of 13% which makes Massachusetts an average location start a Laser Technician career.
The state of Massachusetts separates out the requirements for education based on the type of laser procedure being performed.
Laser Hair Removal is regulated by the Division of Professional Licensure and they stipulate it may be performed by a licensed electrologist so long as their education meets the following requirements.
40 hours of didactic courses. The didactic training shall include, at a minimum:
- Six credits in histology and hair structure, with emphasis on hair and skin structure;
- Eight credits in the fundamentals of bacteriology, sterilization and hygiene;
- Two credits in the principles of electricity, the modalities ofelectricityused inelectrolysis, and its effects and uses;
- Eight credits in basic dermatology;
- Ten credits in physiology, with an emphasis on endocrinology;
- Two credits in equipment for electrolysis, with an emphasis on approved electrolysis machines and the equipment necessary for operation of an electrolysis office;
- Four credits in professional conduct and office management.
- 600 hours of practical training
The required minimum of 600 contact hours of practical training shall extend over a period of not less than ten months and shall include training in epilation techniques; demonstrations of proper electrolysis treatment procedures for the legs, arms, face (including hairline and eyebrow shaping) and all other areas of the body not specifically prohibited by 238 CMR 2.03(3)(e) and 238 CMR 2.03(3)(f); and student “hands-on” participation in mastering the ability to apply and utilize such treatment procedures properly.
- Three (3) Credits of Practical Training and two (2) Credits of Didactic Training in Laser Electrolysis for programs governed by 238 CMR 3.06;
- Forty (40) Contact Hours of Practical Training and twenty (20) Contact Hours of Didactic Training in Laser Electrolysis for programs governed by 238 CMR 3.07.
To perform addition laser treatments outside of laser hair removal requires a nursing or physician degree as specified by Department of Health and Human Services. Those training requirements include:
The nurse must acquire education that including a supervised hands-on exam resulting in a passing grade. Components of the education include, as appropriate to the specific procedure, but are not limited to:
- Anatomy and physiology;
- Pathophysiology of the integumentary system and supporting structures;
- Cosmological and dermatologic conditions;
- Wound healing principles;
- Safe use of product/device/equipment ;
- Side effects and management;
- Management of emergencies; and
- Patient and environmental safety.
When the procedure includes the use of non-ablative, non-vaporizing laser or light-based devices, the nurse must have evidence of successful completion of a Laser Physics and Safety course that includes relative content from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards for the Safe Use and Handling of Lasers in Health Care Facilities (ANSI) that includes both a didactic portion and a practicum.
Massachusetts Laser Technician Certification(s)
The state of Massachusetts will require licensure to become an electrologist. After completion the training requirements above, a person may apply with the state through their outside vendor, PearsonVue, by using this link.
To become a nurse within the state you will need to complete a bachelors degree in addition to a approved nursing exam. You will also need to complete a state sponsored exam. You can find additional information about licensure here.
The job market in Massachusetts for skincare specialist continues to grow year over year, with many opportunities to start a career. You can see a detailed list of job postings on our Laser Technician Jobs page. Just filter to Massachusetts to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of Massachusetts with an electrology license can expect an average income of $40,480 per year, or $19.46/hour. This salary expectation is greater than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the cost of living. Nurses can expect an average income of $117,860 or $56.66/hour. Experience can also increase your salary over time.