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Tanning salons need dedicated customer service associates to staff part-time vacancies and full-time careers alike.


Tanning Industry Overview
The tanning salon industry represents a novelty market share of general retail commerce. Estimates tally roughly 10,000 tanning salons in operation in the United States, which provide opportunities for more than 60,000 entry-level workers and career professionals in various capacities. Growth for the industry experienced a slowing in recent years; however, overall projections show estimated expansion of over 3% over the next ten years, which closely mirrors other industries in the U.S. economy. The American Academy of Dermatology reports 1 million people use tanning salons daily, with up to 30 million people tanning indoors annually. Total revenues for the industry reached $2.6 billion for the 2010 fiscal year.

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Types of Jobs Available
A majority of individuals employed in the field work as part-time or entry-level associates. Sales and customer service comprise most of the roles entry-level workers assume, with sanitation and maintenance forming large portions of the daily workload, as well. Managerial opportunities also exist for motivated, experienced, and tenured workers able to maintain operations, increase sales and market visibility, and handle necessary repairs associated with tanning salons, such as changing out UV bulbs, fixing fan belts, and replacing old wiring. Technical skills, strong interpersonal skills, and broad knowledge of the industry greatly benefit individuals interested in managerial or entrepreneurial tanning jobs.

Job Duties, Salary, and Employment Benefits Information
One of the most common perks of working for a tanning salon includes free or discounted usage of tanning beds and free or discounted merchandise, such as lotions, protective eyewear, stickers, and memorabilia, if applicable. Tanning salons usually feature multiple kinds of tanning beds, with lower and higher-end models featuring varied strengths of bulbs and amenities, such as built in fans or face tanners. Employees often receive the first opportunity to try out new beds or use high-end models at reduced pricing or without paying.

Managers may also receive job benefits packages consisting of 401(k) retirement plans or other financial assistance, healthcare coverage, and time off. Part-time associates usually work very flexible schedules and enjoy ample room to tailor schedules around personal commitments. However, tanning salons usually remain open seven days per week and into most evenings as late as 9:00 pm. Minimum wage represents the average entry-level pay for part-time workers. Full-time associates may make a few dollars above state minimum wage, or roughly $8.00 or $9.00 per hour, depending on location. Typical managerial salary options fall between $25,000 and $30,000 annually.

Tanning Salon Job Descriptions

Customer Service Associate - Intended to cover a wide-variety of duties, a customer service associate in the tanning salon industry typically operates a as part-time employee and may start with beginning wages around $8.00 an hour. Responsible for cleaning beds, staffing customer service counters, promoting tanning products and packages, and completing sales, associates must provide courteous, attentive, and prompt service. Workers may also hold accountability for store cleanliness, selling memberships, and ensuring basic customer satisfaction. Typically needing to stand at least 18 years of age in order to gain employment, no other hiring requirement usually stands for the entry-level position.

Management - Tanning salon managers work toward generating sales, implementing appropriate promotions, and gaining new memberships. In addition, managers generally hire, train, and schedule employees in order to maintain a streamlined and effective team. Supervisors must also regularly motivate staff, ensure all customer satisfaction, and keep a firm line of communication open with ownership. Managers in the tanning salon industry typically must show previous experience in either retail or a similar trade and may require further education, as well. Tanning salon managers may earn up to $40,000 a year in salary, depending on the company, location, and tenure.