Aromatherapists use essential oils to help improve emotional well-being and relieve everyday stresses.

Annual Salary


Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 6% more Aromatherapist jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

Aromatherapy is a complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). As an aromatherapist you'll use essential oils to help improve your clients' emotional wellbeing.

You could work at a health spa or private clinic, or you might offer therapy at a hospital or hospice.

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • explaining the therapy to the client
  • taking details of the client's medical history, diet and lifestyle
  • selecting the oils you feel are appropriate for helping the client
  • blending the oils to be used
  • applying oils by full or partial body massage
  • keeping records of the blends of oils used
  • supplying blended oils and instructions for clients to use at home

You won't diagnose individual conditions or advise clients on symptoms or treatments. You'll refer clients to a qualified medical doctor when necessary.

You’ll usually need to:

Courses which meet the NOS standards will usually take around 9 months. To get onto a course you'll usually need to:

  • be 18 years old
  • have previous experience of healthcare, massage, beauty therapy or counselling

The Aromatherapy Council has more information on how to choose a training course.

You can also study at foundation degree and degree level. These courses usually include other complementary therapies as well as aromatherapy.


Self-employed aromatherapists usually charge from £25 to £70 an hour. 

You’ll need to pay business costs like rent and materials out of these fees.

These figures are a guide.


Your working hours will depend on how many clients you have, particularly if you're self-employed.

You may start by working part-time until you've built a solid reputation and client base. You may need to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate your clients.

With experience as a self-employed practitioner, you could set up clinics at home or at other premises, or visit clients in their homes. 

With further training, you could offer additional therapies, like reflexology or massage, to increase your income.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • the ability to gain clients' confidence and trust
  • to understand and remember the properties and chemistry of a large number of essential oils
  • accurate record-keeping skills
  • business skills, if self-employed
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