If you enjoy pampering your friends and loved ones, becoming a nail technician could be the career for you. Jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to federal statistics. There are dozens of accredited programs across the country that can get you the experience and training you need to obtain a state license.


Robert Fiance Beauty Schools have four campuses in northern New Jersey. The 300-hour program covers manicures, pedicures, skin disease and human anatomy. Students will learn how to apply nail tips, extensions, wraps, gels and nail art. Graduates are trained to be able to pass the New Jersey State Board Manicuring Examination. Other East Coast nail technology programs are at the Belle Academy of Cosmetology in Waterbury, Connecticut; the Mansfield Beauty Schools in the Boston area; and the Toni & Guy Hairdressing academies in Altoona, Allentown and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The Michigan College of Beauty offers a standard 400-hour course and an advanced 600-hour course in nail technology. Graduates learn how to clean, shape, and apply polish to fingernails and toenails and how to apply artificial nails, nail tips and nail wraps. They’ll learn to be diplomatic while working with a variety of customers. The Ohio State School of Cosmetology in Westerville offers a 10-week nail tech program. Other schools in the Midwest are Cosmetology Careers Unlimited in Duluth, Minnesota; the House of Heavilin Beauty College in Blue Springs, Missouri; and Capri College, with three locations in Iowa.


Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy has locations in Tampa and Lakeland, Florida, and has operated since 1995. The nail program lasts 300 hours and takes from 8 1/2 to 15 weeks to complete. Students learn how to care for nails as well as communications skills and visual poise. New classes open up every month. Other programs in the South include in the Iverson Institute in Atlanta, Georgia; Genesis Career College in Daphne, Alabama; and the Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails in Houston, Texas.


The Academy of Nail Technology in Phoenix, Arizona, is the only school in the state exclusively dedicated to fingernail and toenail care, according to its website. The school is family owned and operated. It prepares students in state board required subjects including safety, manicuring, massage, polishing, tip application, wraps and sculptured acrylics. Other schools in the western United States are the Marinello Schools of Beauty and the Milan Institute, both with multiple California locations; Northwest College, with several Oregon locations; and the Institute of Business and Medical Careers in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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