Nail Technician


Nail technicians perform manicures and pedicures, which may include nail art, application of artificial nails, nail repair and other specialised hand and foot treatments.

Duties & Tasks

Nail technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • apply gel and acrylic nail enhancements and extensions
  • perform manicures and pedicures
  • use specialist tools and electrical equipment on nail enhancements
  • apply decorative and airbrushed nail art
  • maintain safe work practices and hygiene standards
  • read and interpret product information to make safe and appropriate recommendations to clients
  • conduct financial transactions
  • perform reception duties (receiving bookings and arranging appointments, for example)
  • perform routine housekeeping duties
  • maintain client records
  • provide advice about and sell nail products
  • maintain knowledge of current industry standards and practices.

Working Conditions

Working as a nail technician can be physically demanding. Repetitive activities and sitting for long periods can cause strain, while chemicals such as those used in acrylics and polish removers may pose a health risk if not used correctly. Personal protective equipment such as gloves, aprons, dust masks and safety glasses may be worn to minimise risk. Safety considerations include the welfare of both the technician and the client.

Nail technicians have a high level of public contact.

Personal Requirements

  • neat personal appearance
  • no allergies to products and chemicals used
  • pleasant and tactful manner
  • a genuine interest in people
  • good interpersonal skills
  • excellent hand-eye coordination
  • patience
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • creative and artistic ability.
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