What Does a Nail Technician’s Job Entail?

What Is It Like Working as a Nail Technician?

A nail technician is a beauty professional that specialises in nail, hand and foot care. They provide various hand and foot treatments including manicures, pedicures, artificial nail application, nail art, and hand and foot massages. They also have to perform administrative duties like taking calls, making bookings,following up with clients and placing orders.

Working hours for nail technicians vary, and some have more flexible working schedules than others. For example, nail technicians who work for a big franchise often work shifts and those who work for a private salon work regular  nine-to-five hours.  

Nail technicians also determine their own salary because they work on commission. The more clients you see, the higher your income will be at the end of the month.

What Do You Have to Study to Become a Professional Nail Technician?

Most nail technician jobs require you to have a Matric, as well as a certificate or diploma in nail care. However, it is possible to get a job with just a nail care qualification. After all, it’s all about the technique and quality of your work.  

But, before enrolling for a nail care course, ensure that the industry recognises the qualification. Also, a good nail care course should cover subjects like manicures and pedicures, personal and workstation hygiene, nail diseases, customer service, nail repair and nail art. You should learn both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.  

Nail Care Courses at College SA

We offer the following nail care learning programmes:

  • Beauty Therapy Short Course Certificate
  • Nail Care Proficiency Certificate

These two courses build on each other, so you have to study the Beauty Therapy Short Course Certificate before you can enrol for the Nail Care Proficiency Certificate. Combined, these two courses will equip you with a general understanding of business and salon ethics, customer service, financial management and nail care theory.

Where Can I Apply for A Job?

There are many beauty salons and nail bars across South Africa that have job openings. Here is a short list of popular nail and beauty salons that employ qualified nail technicians and beauticians. (Please note we cannot guarantee you a job at any of these organisations.) 

  • Dream Nails and Beauty
  • Sorbet
  • Young Nails
  • Perfect 10
  • Tammy Taylor Nails
  • Capri Beauty

There are also many private salons that offer great job opportunities. Visit Indeed, Careers24, Simply Hired and Gumtree for the latest job openings in your area.        

Daily Duties of a Nail Technician

The day-to-day responsibilities of a nail technician include but are not limited to:

  • Answering the phone and making bookings
  • Making follow-up calls to clients
  • Cleaning workstations and sterilising equipment
  • Taking stock and placing orders
  • Carrying out the actual nail work (manicures and pedicures, acrylic nails, gel nails, nail art, cleaning etc.)  

Salary Information

Nail technicians generally work for a basic salary + commission. According to PayScale South Africa, the average income of a nail technician is R60 011 per year. The average monthly income is R5000,91. Most nail technicians leave the industry after 20 years of service.

Career Outlook

The nail industry isfast-growing and jobs are plentiful. This can be attributed to the following factors:

  • New and innovative  nail technology
  • The growing popularity of  nail art and decorations
  • Everyone trying to keep up with the latest trends
  • Aromatherapist
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Hairdresser

Related Career Fields

  • Aromatherapist
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Hairdresser
  • Makeup Artist