The U.S. market for nail services saw revenues of $8.5 billion in 2017, according to statistics company Statista. Nail technicians, also referred to as manicurists and pedicurists, will reap the rewards of this thriving industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 126,300 manicurists and pedicurists licensed in the United States in 2016. By 2026, this number is expected to increase to 143,000, representing an increase of 13 percent.
In all states, except Connecticut, nail technicians must hold a valid state license in order to practice legally. Some states, like California, require as much as 600 hours of training through a nail technician program, while other states, like Massachusetts, require as little as 100 hours of training. After completing the program, nail technicians must take written and practical exams to get a license through their state board.
Classes meet weekday evenings (four hours twice per week for fourteen weeks) so that you can work and go to school. Enrollment is limited to 12 students. Applicants for licensure must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.