If you’re considering a career in nail technology or you’ve been in the industry for a while now, you may be wondering what job opportunities are out there for you. Of course, there’s the classic role of a salon nail technician, but what happens if you want to switch things up?


Well, despite popular beliefs, there are many career options for people who hold nail qualifications. From working on photoshoots to becoming a nail educator, you certainly don’t have to carry out the same job for the rest of your life. 


So, if you want to find out what alternative careers in nail technology are available to you and how to get them, we’ve got you covered. In this blog we’ll discuss the following job roles:


  • Work on Photoshoots
  • Medical Nail Tech
  • Beauty Blogger
  • Nail Educator 


Work on Photoshoots

An exciting and varied role, this career could propel you to new heights in the nail world. Do you ever see those gorgeous advertisements for nail polish and nail brands? Well, someone has to create the beautiful looks – and that could be you!


A great way to get your foot in the door is by networking on social media. Post pictures of your nail looks to show off your talents and you may just catch the eye of an agency, photographer or brand. Or you could create a physical portfolio of work and reach out to different agencies and employers directly. 


It’s important that you love the fast-paced life, as your jobs will probably be spread out across the country with lots of different people. But you’ll most likely get the chance to work with celebrities and high profile brands, so there are many benefits. Your salary will be unstable as it’s part of the gig economy, so this could be something that you do around your main job in a salon. 


Medical Nail Tech 

A medical nail tech is much more concerned about the science of nail health, rather than the cosmetic appearance of nails. If you want to go down this route, you’re going to need to gain a further understanding and education of nails and biology. 


The role of a medical nail tech can include diagnosing patients, removing growths/fungal infections, and reconstructing fingernails and toenails. You’ll take on much more responsibility for your patients’ health and can truly create life changing results. 


A lot of MNTs find this job role fulfilling as they get to make a real difference in their patients’ lives. More responsibility also means more money, and you could find your salary increasing by tens of thousands of pounds. Your place of work may be in a spa, medical or podiatrist clinic. 


However, this role requires skill and dedication so you’ll need to go back to your training school and make sure you gain the correct qualifications to carry out these procedures. 


Beauty Blogger

Beauty blogging is big business – but it doesn’t happen overnight. If you want to become a big name in the nail industry this could be a career path for you. Nail enthusiasts and bloggers such as “Simply Nailogical” (she has a whopping 7.68M subscribers) share wisdom, tutorials and fun videos with their fans and reap financial benefits in return. 


However, building such a big audience that blogging becomes your full time job takes years of dedication and investment. You’ll need a good camera set up, video ideas, editing skills and most importantly creativity. To churn out interesting videos on a weekly basis is no easy feat so be prepared for hard work! 


You don’t need any official qualifications to become a successful beauty blogger, but if viewers know you’re a professional it could boost your credibility and they’ll be more likely to take your advice. 


Nail Educator 

If you want to help others progress in their careers and watch your students grow into successes, teaching may be the perfect option for you! To go down this route, you’ll need to gain some teaching qualifications so you can teach industry accredited courses and ensure your students receive the best education. 

Posh Look offers two types of training to help you become a professional nail educator. Our teaching qualification is an online course that will help you make the first steps towards becoming a teacher. To complete the course and receive your certification, you must deliver a 20-minute teaching session. Once you’ve successfully passed your teaching qualification, you can then start adding courses to your belt using our online Learn to Teach programme.

Our Learn to Teach 4 Day Acrylic course helps you fast track your teaching career with the convenience of learning at home in your own time. The online video course and guides take you through everything you need to know to teach the 4 Day Acrylic Nails Course to the highest standard. You must have the aforementioned teaching qualification to sign up for this course. 

Many nail educators find this role extremely rewarding as they not only boost their salary, but they get to make a real difference to students’ lives. So, it’s definitely a career you should consider!

So how do you get started as a Nail Tech?


If you’re just starting out and dreaming of a career in nail technology, the perfect way to get started is with Posh Look’s official qualification in Level 3 Nail Technology. Anyone can apply – no previous experience is required! Plus, we offer this course at 7 different training centres across the UK so you can pick the perfect location for you. 


Our expert tutors take you through all of the essential services of a nail technician, including acrylics and gel polishes. So once you’ve completed the course you can start treating clients straight away. Kickstart your career and enrol today. Head to our training page for more information.