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Aromatherapists use essential oils to help improve their clients' emotional wellbeing and relieve everyday stresses.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become

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How to become an aromatherapist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You could take a college course like:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies
  • Level 3 or 4 Diploma in Aromatherapy for the Complimentary Therapist

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You could do a Wellbeing and holistic therapist advanced apprenticeship.

This typically takes around 20 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join an accredited register managed by the International Federation of Aromatherapists, 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.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you may:

  • explain treatments to the client
  • take details of the client's medical history, diet and lifestyle
  • select the oils you feel are appropriate for helping the client
  • blend the oils to be used
  • apply oils by full or partial body massage
  • keep records of the blends of oils used
  • supply blended oils and instructions for clients to use at home
  • refer clients to their GP when necessary

Working environment

You could work at a health spa, from home, at a client's home or in a therapy clinic.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy fasttrack

  • Start date: 16 January 2022
  • Location: London

Introduction to Aromatherapy

  • Start date: 14 January 2022
  • Location: London

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