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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Viewpoint: Esthetician Legislation: Be Careful What You Wish For

Susanne S. Warfield July 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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Recent legislation may have estheticians thinking they have won the war, but in reality, they may have lost the battle for advancing the esthetic profession and supporting estheticians moving state-to-state. Passing a bill for 1200-hours of esthetician training is what estheticians want—but there are important cautionary considerations when authoring bills and entering into the legislative arena.

According to the United States Census Bureau data, 60% of 25–44 year-olds will leave their state of birth to move to a different part of the country. So what does that mean to you? If you went to esthetic school and obtained your esthetician license—it may not be transferrable if you move to another state.

The idea of a "job for life" is fast becoming a thing of the past, due to restrictive licensing requirements. When an esthetician leaves one state, they may be faced with difficult obstacles in getting an esthetician license in the state they now reside. Salons and spas that employ estheticians will be impacted as well—especially if their business crosses state lines. The burden of bad legislation, will lead to higher job losses within the esthetic profession and create a job shortage.

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