About every other day, I get an email from an RN, NP or PA pondering a transition into aesthetics. “What do I do to prepare?” “If I take TITAN Courses, will I get a job?” “I’ve done training and I’m ‘certified’; why won’t anyone hire me?” ” Will clinics hire new injectors in my area?”  I answered some of these questions again this morning, so thought I’d take the opportunity to just post my response! Hope it helps and feel free to share!
I wish I could provide answers to everyone’s questions about getting a job in aesthetics, but honestly, I can’t! First, I never promise that I can place anyone through TITAN– even experienced injectors – because I’m only 1 person and the US is HUGE! But…..I can promise that I can give you the best foundation for knowing if you really want to transition into the world of aesthetics AND how to get a job yourself if you really want to get into this career.
So here is the issue. Most people start by taking a hands on class. They get to inject 1-1.5 patients and then come out of the training, send out resumes saying they are “certified” (there is only 1 aesthetic certification and it is the CANS – more on that on the footer of my website) and then they get frustrated because they can’t find a job. So what I’ve done is to provide a path to start at the true beginning – understanding the history of aesthetics, the market in the US, what YOU have to do to prepare yourself and to identify potential job opportunities in your particular market. If you do all of that FIRST, you will have an idea about where you can get a job and what YOU have to commit to in terms of time, resources and money. Plus, you’ll understand that hands on training is great when you have a place to practice, but if you don’t, you risk losing everything you learned. So I often suggest that people start by looking at my book “Preparing to be an Aesthetic Injector” or by taking TITAN Course #1 (email me at mbhagen@titanaesthetic.com and I’ll send you info). Then you can identify if you want to do the work required (it isn’t easy) and to complete the checklist. That will help you know if you really want to pursue this as a career before you spend too much money.
Now for getting a job as a naïve injector. The aesthetic market in the US is strong (even during this COVID craziness) and growing fast. There is no way that the current group of trained injectors can fulfill all of the needs, so clinics will have to hire those who are naïve to actual injecting. And if you go in with a resume that shows the work you have done, how you invested in yourself and the material you have learned, they will be much more willing to take a risk on you. Too many naïve injectors have gotten jobs, been trained and then left quickly to move on to better paying jobs as “experienced” injectors. That has left many clinics unwilling to risk hiring a new injector because it takes at least 2 years to recoup their investment of hiring someone without existing skills. So if you do get a job, be loyal and plan to stay 2-5 years. That is your “thank you” to the clinic willing to take a chance on you!
You also have to be willing to look at your first year as almost a residency – there are no academic programs in the US that train RNs, NPs or PAs to be aesthetic providers, so the preparation is all over the board. A clinic that specializes in aesthetics doesn’t have revenue coming in to pay you unless you are treating patients and bringing in revenue. So the compensation will be very different from a therapeutic medicine job where they bill insurance whether they treat the patient or just gather information. You have to be willing to build a practice and if you understand that at the beginning, you can plan for it!
So I can’t give you an easy yes or no answer about getting a job in aesthetics – you have to learn about the industry, your market and your motivations – and then go on to see if it is right for you. Feel free to email me or visit www.titanaesthetic.com and see if you want to dip your toe in the “aesthetic water”! We’re here to help if so!
MB

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  • Great information for new injectors, Mary Beth. These are words that I echo on a weekly, if not daily basis, to medical providers who want to “break into” this industry. The first step is to invest in yourself! I’d hire a new injector who took a training course and was able to inject 5-6 patients over another who only had experience with 1-2. So choose your basic training program with that in mind! After that you need to keep learning (always focusing on facial anatomy!), training, and knocking on doors.

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  • Hi, I have my MD and am waiting to get into a residency program, do you know if I need to have my license first or if my degree is good enough to be able to start taking courses in aesthetics?

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