Which is a better career: Licensed Esthetician OR Registered Nurse?

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  • 1 month ago

    Both careers are great but I personally feel that you will always have better career opportunities as a RN instead of a licensed esthetician. You could actually go to school for both careers, if you like. 

    Source(s): My personal opinion.
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  • car253
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    1 month ago

    Registered nurse.   Always guaranteed a job.

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    rn....................................................

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Looking at each, your career comparison is not comparable in time and education level required to work in the field.

    Skin Care Specialist 2019 Median Pay $34,090 per year $16.39 per hour Number of Jobs, 2018 71,800 10 yr outlook +11% (Much faster than average)

    Only takes a Postsecondary nondegree award, licensing more local

    Registered Nurses 

    2019 Median Pay $73,300 per year $35.24 per hour 

    Number of Jobs, 2018 3,059,800 with 10 yr +12% (Much faster than average)

    Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree - not comparable to Esthetician

    Nursing assistants and orderlies is closer in training to esthetician

    2019 Median Pay $29,640 per year $14.25 per hour

    Number of Jobs, 2018 1,564,200 and Outlook, +9% (Faster than average)

    Better comparison is

    Mortuary beauticians averaged $39,932 in 2018

    Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses $47,480 per year in 2019

    Estheticians do better financially aiming their career towards dead people in the general cosmetology field. Nursing, to earn money, needs a higher education level.

    To what is better depends also on what career pleases you, and also that nursing is easier to find jobs anywhere.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In the real world....unemployed troll.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    When times are hard, estheticians may not have work. Nurses always have work, and many nursing specialties are in such high demand you can choose where you want to live, certain of finding work in a new area.

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  • 1 month ago

    I think that it would depend upon the individual's strengths, interests and passions.  Nursing students are supposed to be strong in science-related classes.  It has a high burn out rate (as with social work or counseling).  Most hospitals either prefer or require job applicants with at least a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

    I'm presuming that an esthetician or skin care specialist may need to do some of their own marketing, even if working at a beauty salon or spa.

    How about doing some "job shadowing" (with prior staff approval), especially before taking pre-req classes and/or signing up for such a program.

    For more general career info:

    https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ and can search.

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  • 1 month ago

    Better for what?

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  • .
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Licensed Esthetician.

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