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Manicurists/ Pedicurists

Descriptions & Duties

  • Manicurists/ Pedicurists provide nail services including manicure and pedicure services as well as hand and foot treatments.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge and skills for manicure and pedicure and hand and foot treatments

Manicurists/ Pedicurists must be able to master nail services including manicure, pedicure, hand and foot treatments.

Customer-service knowledge and skills

Manicurists/ Pedicurists must have good customer-service skills to retain current customers and attracting new ones.

Time-management knowledge and skills

Time-management skills are important for Manicurists/ Pedicurists in scheduling appointments and providing services.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A relevant recognised diploma or foundation certificate, or equivalent


  • 1 to 2 years of relevant work experience

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $8,000-$10,000

Monthly Salary $16,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $16,000-$30,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Manicurists/ Pedicurists typically work indoors in nail care salons and often wear protective masks. Their work schedules include late evenings, weekends, and holidays and may work full time or part time.


  • Cuticle scissors
  • Cuticle nippers/ cuticle trimmers
  • Emery boards
  • Paraffin warmers
  • Pedicure Stools
  • UV gel lamps
  • UV sterilisers

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