Quote from Sher1981
Hello. I am a licensed esthetician (skin care therapist) & will be starting school in 1 week to become an LPN. From what I understand it's hard to get a job in a doctors office. My goal is to work for a dermatologist or plastic surgeon so that I can use my esthetics license as well. What do you think the odds are & how much do you think my pay will be?
A lot of it depends on what state you want to work in. I, too, am licensed as an esthetician [my cosmetology license includes skincare], but in California, you wont really make any more in a dermatologists office than you would in a higher end day spa. Really, the big money for nurses in dermatologists offices comes from cosmetic lasers. I believe that California is the only state that requires you to at least be an RN to operate most cosmetic lasers [I'm pretty sure other states let you do it with an esthetician's license and little extra training], but the trade off is that you make a lot more. Because California has this law, and because cosmetic laser is a big money maker for a lot of dermatologists/plastic surgeons, your esthetician's license and LPN license are pretty useless in this kind of setting compared to RNs. Again, I have to stress that things may be completely different from one state to the next. As for pay, you have to do a little research for that, but you can usually find general ballpark figures for most professions from Department of Labor surveys. Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics [ http://www.bls.gov
], they usually have quite a bit of info regarding pay and benefits.