Aromatherapists use oils to promote emotional wellbeing.

What does an aromatherapist do?

Aromatherapists use natural oils and infusions to promote emotional wellbeing and better health in their clients. You will need to have good communication skills as you will be dealing with a variety of people. 

What do I need to do to become an aromatherapist?

You need to be a member of a professional body to practice as an aromatherapist. This usually requires you to complete a course which meets the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for aromatherapy.  

To get on an NOS approved course you normally need to be 18. Level 2 or 3 courses in beauty therapy may provide some useful experience if you are aged 16 or 17.  

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organisation

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Business studies
  • Chemistry

Essential qualifications

  • NOS approved course
  • Member of professional body

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You may work for yourself or in a small company. You may be based in a small clinic or salon or travel to clients' homes.

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