Interested in starting your career as a Laser Technician in Texas 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 Texas estimates job market growth for skincare specialist of over 23.0% through 2024. This is greater than the national average of 13% which makes Texas an excellent state to start a Laser Technician career.
The requirements for any person providing laser treatment are set by statute in Texas. These rules can be found by visiting the Health and Safety Code here.
The state of Texas differentiates the rules and regulations for laser treatments dependent on the complexity of the procedure being performed. Medical procedures including removal of skin are considered the practice of medicine and as such should only be performed by a licensed physician or a delegate. Cosmetic procedures including laser hair removal may be completed without physician licensure if you meet certain requirements.
The Department of Health sets the standard for laser hair removal through statute 25 TAC §289.302. They define four specific licenses that one may apply for in Texas: Laser Hair Removal (LHR) Technician and Senior Laser Hair Removal technician.
Laser Hair Removal (LHR) Apprentice – Persons looking to practice laser hair removal in Texas must meet the following educational and training requirements before application for licensure:
At least 24 hours of training in:
- LHR device safety;
- laser physics;
- skin typing;
- skin reactions;
- treatment protocols;
- eye protection;
- emergencies; and
- posttreatment protocols;
An additional 16 hours of training in:
- cardiopulmonary resuscitation (a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate may be used to satisfy up to 8 hours of the training required by this subparagraph);
- review of client’s preexisting conditions to determine if consultation with a consulting physician is needed for possible diagnosis or treatment;
- review of client’s previous hair removal procedures by another modality;
- review of client’s current medications to determine if any medications need to be brought to the attention of the consulting physician based on established protocols;
- proper signage and posting;
- use of a LHR device; and
- anesthesia used in conjunction with LHR procedures.
Laser Hair Removal (LHR) Technician – To become a technician one must complete the following additional training.
- Have performed at least 100 LHR procedures within 12 months under the direct supervision of a senior LHR technician or a LHR professional.
Senior Laser Hair Removal (LHR) Technician – Persons looking to become a Senior Laser Hair Removal Technician must also meet the following education and training requirements (in addition to those above):
- performed 100 LHR procedures within 12 months;
- supervised 100 LHR procedures within 12 months; and
Laser Hair Removal (LHR) Professional – Lastly, to become a Laser Hair Removal Professional requires completion of the above education and training, plus the following:
- An applicant for a LHR Professional shall meet all the requirements of a Senior LHR Technician and be certified by a certification entity approved by the agency.
Texas Laser Technician Certification(s)
Becoming a Laser Hair Removal Technician and progressing to a senior LHR specialist requires not only the training above but also licensure with the state. Licensure will be granted following the completion of each defined training goals above. The Laser Hair Removal Professional certification is the only one requiring an examination. The exam programs approved by the state can be found here.
The job market in Texas 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 Texas to find opportunities in your area.
Skincare Specialists in the state of Texas can expect an average income of $29,840 per year, or $14.35/hour. This salary expectation is less than the national average of $30,270 which is driven by the different levels of certifications allowed by the state which pulls down the average income. Experience and additional more advanced certifications can also increase your salary over time.