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These days, you can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing a set of beautifully manicured nails. Thanks to social media, nail art, acrylic nails, matte nails, ombre nails, and nail decals are more popular than ever. This means the need for qualified nail technicians is also increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nail technicians/manicurists will grow 10% between 2018 and 2028.

At Elite Academy of Cosmetology, our nail technician program was designed to prepare future professionals to enter the industry with confidence and skill. If you’re still not sure whether or not this is the career path for you, here are a few reasons why becoming a nail technician could be a great choice.

Shorter Time Commitment

If you want to get started on your career sooner rather than later, pursuing a future as a nail technician could be a great option. Our 600-hour nail technician program can be completed in as little as 15 weeks. For those who need assistance paying for school, financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact us to learn more about financial aid options.

The become a licensed nail technician in Oklahoma, you must:

  • Complete 600 hours of study or the equivalent number of hours
  • Pass a written and practical exam
  • Be over the age of 16
  • Have completed the eighth grade

Embrace Creativity

Did you love art class in school? Does the idea of playing with colors and designs excite you? Working as a nail technician involves all of this and more! In our nail technician program, you can learn how to create nail art and apply artificial nails, as well as the basics of manicuring and pedicuring. Whether you’re drawing tiny detailed flowers, doing an ombre nail look, designing holiday-themed nails, or applying artificial gems, there are endless possibilities for creativity as a nail technician.

Here is some awesome work created by our students in the past! Yours could be next!

Make People Feel Great

Sometimes the difference between a good day and a bad day is a moment of self-care. As a nail technician, you could help create that for others. Creative nails with bright colors and bold nail art can be a form of self-expression. Think about how many people change the design or color of their nails based on seasons and holidays. It also just feels great to have your nails professionally manicured and groomed, even if it’s just a simple clear polish.

Flexible Career Options

Looking for a career with scheduling flexibility? Many nail technicians work as freelance professionals and rent space in a salon or spa or even travel to their clients’ homes (I think this is a thing). That means you could build your own schedule, which can be ideal for those with families or other jobs. If you want to work evenings and weekends rather than the standard “9 to 5” schedule, the nail technician career path could be a perfect fit for you.

Learn More About Our Nail Technician Program

At Elite Academy of Cosmetology, our nail technician program can teach you how to create the latest nail trends, while also providing crucial information in bacteriology, nail structure, diseases, and disorders, and cosmetology law and regulations. Our nail technician program is offered at both the Duncan and Lawton locations. To learn more about enrolling, contact us today!