Therapy

Aromatherapist

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

Annual Salary

Variable

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

Working hours

Variable

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Aromatherapist jobs in 2024.
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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 can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course

University

You could take a foundation degree or degree in complementary therapies or complementary healthcare, which includes course units on aromatherapy.Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

College

You could take a college course like the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies.

Courses usually take around 9 months and include practical experience. 

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

Further Information

You could join an accredited register managed by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council or the Federation of Holistic Therapists.Further information

You can find out more about working in aromatherapy and how to choose a training course from the Aromatherapy Council.

Variable

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.

Variable

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 verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device


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