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The Milan Institute of Cosmetology offers the hands-on training you need to launch an exciting career in the beauty industry. Study Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and more.

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Southern Careers Institute has maintained a tradition of career training for over 50 years in Texas with campuses in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio & Online courses available to anyone, anywhere.


At SCI, we have made it our mission to provide our students with the training they need to be successful in a new career. We offer career training in Medical, Business, Skilled Trades, Cosmetology, & Technology programs. These certification-based programs are designed to make our graduates some of the most marketable job candidates.


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A Career as a Manicurist

Manicurists make an art out of beautifying the hands. They clean, cut, file, shape, and decorate the fingernails, and often massage the hands and forearms. Manicurists provide a relaxing and luxurious service that is in high demand everywhere by both men and women.

A Day in the Life of a Nail Tech

Most nail technicians work in nail salons. Large, full-service salons often employ at least two nail technicians. A well-ventilated, open workplace is essential for the health of manicurists, as some of the chemicals used can be toxic without proper ventilation. A typical work day includes manicuring natural nails, applying and removing artificial nails, pedicuring, and hand and foot massage. This type of work is physical but rewarding, as each client walks out with clean, fresh, and perfectly painted nails. They often leave a cash tip behind.

Manicurist Educational Requirements

One advantage of a manicurist program is that it can be completed quickly. Many manicurists spend only a few months (nearly always less than one year) earning the 500 to 850 hours required for their manicurist certificate. Programs and certification exams are offered in a wide range of languages. Manicurists can find consistent, lucrative, high-volume work at:
  • Airports
  • Hotels and cruise ships
  • Home visits with clients
  • Nail salons (often commission work).
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that projected growth for this industry through 2018 is much faster than average, by nearly 20 percent. The median income for manicurists and pedicurists is $19,670 per year.