Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Nebraska 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 Nebraska estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 9.7% through 2024. This is lower than the national average of 13% which makes Nebraska an average state start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the Joint Board of Dermatologic Workgroup. A copy of their memorandum from 2011 can be found here.
Up until 2011, the use of lasers in medical and cosmetic treatments was not formally defined or regulated in the state of Nebraska.
That year the Joint Board of Dermatologic Workgroup met several times in order to create rules regarding the safe practice of laser treatment. They divided up the education and training requirements into two groups based on their laser classification.
Ablative Lasers – these are generally considered class iii and iv, and include CO2 and erbium Yag. Treatments performed with these lasers are invasive and are typically performed in surgery.
These lasers may only be used by licensed physicians within the state.
Non-Ablative Lasers – these are generally considered class I and II lasers and do not alter the skin or penetrate below the dermal layer of the skin. They are used in cosmetic procedures including hair removal, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation and acne scar removal.
These procedures may be performed by registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants while under the supervision of the prescribing physician.
Electrologist nor estheticians may perform laser treatments within the state of Nebraska.
The education requirement in Nebraska for nurses and physician assistants including a formal bachelors degree as well as completion a graduate level nursing or PA program. Both options take between 5-6 years to complete including the bachelors degree.
Nebraska Laser Technician Certification(s)
The state of Nebraska requires anyone performing non-ablative laser treatments to maintain a nursing or physician assistant license. To become licensed requires the completion of the education listed above, as well as a passing score on your PANCE or State Board Medical Examination, depending on the path you take.
The job market in Nebraska for skincare specialist has been growing year over year, 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 Nebraska to find opportunities in your area.
Persons practice laser treatments in Nebraska require a PA or Nursing license. As such, the average income compared to other states with allow laser treatments is much higher. The average income for a physician assistant is $98,010 per year, or $47.12/hour. Registered Nurses can expect an average salary of $60,370 or $29.02/hour. This salary expectation is over twice than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the required education and licensure. Experience can also increase your salary over time.