Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in New Mexico 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 New Mexico estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 3.0% per year. This is greater than the national average of 2% which makes New Mexico a great location start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by the . These rules can be found by visiting their descriptive PDF here.
The state of New Mexico sets laser training and supervision rules through statute. This section of statute was created by the Medical Board and can be found under occupational and professional licensing title.
In short, the medical board defines laser treatments (both cosmetic and medical) as the practice of medicine. As such, a physician must be involved with any laser procedures.
Physicians however are permitted to delegate laser treatments under Title 16 Chapter 10 Part 13 to medical assistants so long as they have training in the following areas:
- physics and safety of the medical therapeutic or cosmetic device;
- basic principle of the planned procedure; clinical application of the medical therapeutic or cosmetic device, including wavelengths to be used;
- indications and contraindications for the use of the medical therapeutic or cosmetic device;
- pre-operative and post-operative care; recognition and acute management of complications that may result from the procedure; and
- infectious disease control procedures required for each procedure.
All treatments performed by a laser technician must be “supervised” by a licensed physician. Supervision means completing the patient history, physical examination, diagnosis, treatment protocol, and preparation of medical record.
They are also responsible for the actions of their medical assistants, so it is required that a written set of protocols be created by the physician to ensure safe laser operation.
New Mexico Laser Technician Certification(s)
Currently there is no specific certification or licensure requirement within the state of New Mexico for laser technicians. Physicians employing medical assistants may require outside training and certification from a nationally accredited institution to ensure safety of their patients and proper education on laser treatments.
The job market in New Mexico 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 New Mexico to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of New Mexico can expect an average income of $36,640 per year, or $17.62/hour. This salary expectation is greater than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the high demand and cost of living in New Mexico. Experience can also increase your salary over time.