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A Career in the Beauty Industry in Montreal

Are you thinking of taking some professional training so you can start a career as a beautician or electrologist? 

Académie Edith Serei has compiled the following information about the beauty industry in Montreal.

For additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Roles and Responsibilities

Beauticians provide cosmetic treatments such as makeup, hand and foot care, hair removal, and facial care including facial treatments and manual massages. Their mission is to offer the best beauty treatments to meet the specific needs of their clientele.

Necessary Skills and Qualities

  • No allergies to cosmetic products
  • Accurate colour perception
  • Strong endurance
  • Good manual skills and dexterity
  • Meticulous, precise, and attentive to details
  • Likes working with the public
  • Good people skills
  • An aptitude for sales

Related Professions

  • Cosmetics sales clerk
  • Cosmetics consultant
  • Colour consultant
  • Beautician-electrologist
  • Makeup artist
  • Artistic makeup artist (additional training required)
  • Manicurist
  • Cosmetics representative

Prospective Employers

  • Beauty salons
  • Beauty treatment clinics
  • Department stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Cosmetics distributors
  • Television production companies, photography studios
  • Audio-visual, televisual, and film production companies
  • Spas
  • Freelance

Employer Requirements

  • Flexibility
  • Availability to work days and evenings, and sometimes weekends

Job Placement

58% of respondents that joined the labour market found a job related to their studies; 66% of these jobs were full-time. 20% of respondents decided to go on to pursue studies in electrolysis.

Electrolysis :

Job placement is favourable. 64% of respondents found a job related to their field, 66% being full-time. 20% of respondents decided to pursue studies in another field entirely.

Source: The Quebec Ministry of Education


According to data from 2012, the average salary at the beginning of a respondent’s career was :

  • $10.80/hour (40 hours/week) plus tips (in certain environments) in the beauty industry
  • $11.10/hour (40 hours/week) plus tips (in certain environments) in the hair removal industry
  • $18.05/hour (40 hours/week) for an assistant makeup artist at a film production company
  • $18.25/hour (40 hours/week) for an assistant makeup artist at a TV production company

Note 1 : slight salary increase over previous years in the beauty industry (was $10.75 in 2011 and $10.13 in 2009). Average wages in the hair removal industry are stable (was $11.18 in 2011 and in 2009).

Note 2 : wage figures in the TV and film industries are provided for information purposes only, as available jobs in these fields are few and far between.

Sources: the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Alliance Québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS).

Future Prospects

According to a study carried out in 2011 by the Comité Sectoriel de la main-d’oeuvre en soins personnels, the beauty industry has more than 14,000 workers across Quebec, close to 50% of which are freelance workers.

The average clientele is between the ages of 30 and 40, and the most requested services include depilatory waxing, facial care, back care, and hand and foot care.

The areas with the most favourable job prospects include the Montérégie region, the Laurentians, Lanaudière, and Quebec City. These are the regions that are currently in expansion.

Short-term employment prospects are average, since most workers in the industry have 5 years of experience or less. That being said, close to 40% of workers are over the age of 45 and will be retiring in the next few years.

The Diploma in Esthetics includes 595 hours (15 weeks) in the classroom plus 70 hours of full-time practical training. 
It includes the following courses :

· a general introduction to the field

· hygiene and safety

· using and handling machines and equipment

· morphology and physionomy of human body systems

· interpersonal communication

· skin examinations

· professional relationships

· cosmetology

· manual massages

· basic facials

· daily administration and management

· selling body care, beauty and cosmetic products

· basic makeup

· manicures

· wax hair removal

· facial treatments

· personalized makeup

· cosmetic foot care

· facial care

· back care

· body care information

· unpaid internship in a professional environment

We regularly hire students and we are also referred to all the major beauty institutes through our Facebook account.

Admission Requirements

  • Be the holder of a High School Diploma, with no required courses OR
  • Be at least 16 years of age and have completed grade 10 French, English, and Math or their equivalents OR
  • Be at least 18 years of age and have equivalent knowledge

Training Locations

233, blvd. Ste-Rose
Laval, Quebec H7L 1L7
Tel. : 450-937-1774
Institute open from 8 AM to 4 PM

21, rue Ontario Ouest
Montreal, Québec H2X 3V7
Tel. : 514-849-3035
Institute open from 8 AM to 4 PM

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