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Esthetician( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / August 22, 2013 )
Sarah Strunk is an esthetician at The Still Point in Clarksville.
How long have you been an esthetician?
I have been working as an esthetician since 1999.
What does your job entail?
I provide a variety of holistic skin care treatments and waxing services. I help my clients to look and feel their best with treatments customized to address their specific skin care concerns. Education about proper home-care is also essential. Making sure my clients are knowledgeable about what they are choosing to put on their skin is very important.
What kind of schooling or training did you go through?
I went to the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in Reisterstown. The program had a required number of hours spent in the classroom and the clinic. A good amount of the training is hands on. Once I completed the program, I received my license after passing the Maryland State Board exam.
What inspired you to this career?
I have always been very creative and was interested in a career as a makeup artist and stumbled across esthetics while I was researching makeup artistry. I was immediately intrigued. I went to school for both and have always felt lucky to have chosen a career that I really do love.
What do you like best about your job?
I am a nurturer by nature and love to do the hands-on treatments. It is very rewarding to be able to help someone relax and feel good in the moment and long term when they see the results from regular treatments. It is also gratifying to work in a spa setting with others who care so much about their clients.
What are the challenges?
My work week is Tuesday through Saturday so I have had to adjust to not having your standard weekends off. Also, most people in this industry get paid on commission so it can be a challenge when the economy is suffering.
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for an esthetician is $38,000.