San Antonio Nail Technician Training Program

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Nail Technician Schools in San Antonio: The Low-Down on Our New Program

Nail technician programs are the latest area of study to hit San Antonio trade schools. If you are passionate about beauty and style, this is your chance to become trained and qualified as a manicurist and pedicurist. In this rewarding career, you will interact with new people every day, help clients look and feel good, and hone your artistic skills.  

What You Will Learn

Nail technician schools in San Antonio teach the following:

  • Texas state laws and regulations.
  • Bacteriology, sanitation, sterilization, and safety measures.
  • Manicuring and pedicuring procedures.
  • Artificial nails and nail art.
  • Preparation and use of professional salon tools and nail products.
  • Professional practices, salon procedures, and customer service.
  • Salon management, business planning, and retail operations.
  • Anatomy for massage techniques.

Attending a nail technician school allows you to become licensed much faster than a cosmetologist, who needs to learn about hair, makeup, and skin care in addition to nails. Typically, programs run for about 3 to 12 months, depending on whether you study full or part-time, and cost around $3,000 to $9,000, including textbooks and supplies.  

Nail Technician Certifications

After successfully completing a nail technician program, you will be eligible for certifications such as Nuts and Bolts Professional or OPI Professional. You can also take the exam for your Nail Technician License, offered through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which will allow you to practice across the state.  

Work Opportunities

Licensure can lead to work in a salon, spa, or manicure and pedicure business. There are around 610 jobs for nail technicians in San Antonio-New Braunfels, and this number is predicted to increase by 16 percent (faster than average) between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can expect to earn around $11.81 per hour or $24,560 annually. The Nails Magazine Industry Statistics report from 2014 to 2015 found that 40 percent of licensed nail technicians are salon owners doing nails. The next most popular options are booth renter manicurists and nail technicians at a salon or spa. Remaining manicurists tend to work as salon or nail department managers, cosmetologists, apprentice workers, or mobile nail technicians, visiting clients’ home to provide services. At 56 percent, the majority in all positions are the only nail technician at their workplace.   Start your search for nail technician schools in San Antonio to learn all there is to know about giving manicures and pedicures safely and effectively. By working toward your state licensure, you will become a professional in the field, leading to a rewarding and valuable career.

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