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How to Become a Nail Technician?

Are you creative? Innovative? Does a fresh set of beautiful nails excite you? Nail technology has one of the fastest growing career outlooks in the beauty industry at 19%. If you are looking for a career that combines art with endless possibilities, look no further! Gorgeous nails never go out of style!

What is Nail Technology?

A nail technologist is responsible for the grooming and care of the aesthetic appearance of nails and toenails. They learn skills and techniques including:

  • Nail enhancements (gel, acrylic, etc.)
  • Nail polishing techniques
  • Cleaning, trimming, filing, buffing
  • Nail art and design
  • Nail encapsulations
  • Natural nail care
  • Skin and nail anatomy
  • Spa manicures and pedicures
  • Light massage
  • Safety and sanitation

How Do You Become a Nail Tech at AIB?

Before you can start your career as a professional nail technician, you must meet certain requirements including:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Enroll in our accredited Nail Technology program

How Long Does It Take to Become a Nail Tech?

The nail technology program at American Institute of Beauty can be completed in as little as 9 weeks*! We offer full-time and part-time day or night classes for ease and schedule flexibility.

*Based on a full-time schedule

What Career Opportunities are Available for Nail Techs?

A career in Nail Technology has an endless world of possibilities! Here are just a few opportunities available upon licensure:

  • Social Media Influencer
  • Salon Manager
  • Product Representative
  • Nail Salon Owner
  • Resort Nail Technician
  • Cruise Ship Nail Artist
  • Manicurist/Pedicurist
  • Independent Salon Booth Nail Technician
  • Mobile Nail Artist

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5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Nail Technician:

Creative Escape

The possibilities for nail art and design are only constrained by your imagination! Each client’s request will be unique, and you are the nail artist who will bring it to life. Becoming a nail tech allows you the freedom to express your creative side on a daily basis!


One of the major benefits to becoming a nail tech is the schedule flexibility, especially for those who choose independent salon booth rental or salon ownership as their career path. If you have life commitments or just want to dictate your work-life balance, a career as a nail tech is a great choice! You can have a creative escape and still be a mom or dad!

Be your Own Boss

If you have ever dreamed of owning a business, look no further. Becoming a licensed nail tech affords you the opportunity to make that dream happen! It takes hard work and dedication; but the end result can be the best decision you’ve ever made. Many nail techs are able to open thriving businesses and make a name for themselves.

Building your Book of Business

Are you a social person? Does making your clients feel good about themselves bring you joy? Then this is the right profession for you! Building your book of business can feel overwhelming at first, but once you do, you will have dedicated clientele that will not only spread the word about your services, but they will also be a loyal customer for years to come.

Program Cost and Length of Program

The nail technology program at American Institute of Beauty can be completed in as little as 9 weeks*. That means you can be off on your new career journey in approximately 2 months! If you’re new to the beauty industry and want to learn a trade that will introduce you to the many aspects of this multibillion-dollar industry, nail technology is a great way to begin this journey with affordable tuition and a limited investment of your time.

Start Your Nail Tech Program Today!

Are you excited to learn more about the benefits of going to nail technology school and want to experience them for yourself? In our nail tech program, we cover a variety of different nail enhancement techniques to help you prepare for this next step in your career. Contact us to learn more about how you can get started. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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