Requirements: As a spa therapist, you have to have very hands-on contact with people, so you have to be comfortable with that and with people in general. It's not just a job for women as many people think. Men can be spa therapists too. Qualifications: According to the requirements of the international bodies such as the International Therapy Examination Council, the Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, and the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, candidates should have completed Form Five. But there is nothing to stop someone who is passionate about the industry if they left school before completing Form Five. It's up to an institute to decide after conducting an interview with the candidate ahead of possible enrolment. Ideally, a qualified spa therapist should have done courses in both facial and body treatments. Facial courses require 400 hours, while body courses need 100 hours, so the total is 500 hours. Full-time attendance would be six months for a facial course and three months for a body course. Average salary: Different companies offer different entry-level salaries. A fresh graduate should expect HK$10,000 a month, including commission. You only start earning bigger commissions when you provide more specialised treatments for customers. Work prospects: Start off as a spa therapist and you can work your way up, gaining experience and taking courses in specialised treatments in order to earn higher commissions. This is a career that offers almost unlimited opportunities for learning experiences. You need to keep up with the technology and new treatment developments, along with the ever-developing industry equipment. In other words, it's a business that provides room to grow, and the more you learn the more competitive you will be. Some people like to work with their hands and with people, and they tend to work their way up as spa therapists. But some spa employees prefer to take the path of management. Long-term prospects: With experience and understanding of the market, spa therapists with a head for business can start their own spa. But, on the other hand, there is also no real limit on how high you can rise at a spa as an employee, and if you are keen on learning, you can go into spa education to become a training manager. This requires you to keep up with new technology and courses. There are two kinds of trainers: Product trainers and therapy trainers. Product trainers have to have extensive experience of all the equipment used in a spa, and therapy trainers need to have hands-on experience of spa therapy. Where to apply: Major spas and five-star hotels. A day in the life of a spa therapist Therapists need to arrive at work 30 minutes before the spa opens to get everything ready. They need to check appointments, prepare all the rooms, and make sure all the machines and equipment are in working order. Usually a spa therapist works eight hours a day.