Although spas were never considered essential services during the pandemic, people rushed back to their spa regimes in the first six months of 2021. While spas still have not returned to pre-pandemic levels, they did see a 26% growth during the summer of 2021, according to Yelp. Smaller, boutique spas have recovered better than larger spas.
For spa managers, therefore, the job market is softer than for many other careers. However, if you want to progress in your career as a spa manager, there are several steps you can take:
- Get a college degree, preferably in hospitality, business administration, marketing, and/or finance. Many spa managers have learned their careers on the job, with perhaps an associates degree, but a 4-year degree will give your career a boost.
- Hone your people management skills. If you lack opportunities on the job, then grab the chance to manage nonprofit volunteers or get certifications. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers a People Manager Qualification training program for anyone who manages a team.
- Practice your communication skills. As a spa manager, you must interact with staff, clients, and vendors; you may need to oversee or write marketing materials; and you may need to present reports to spa owners or stakeholders.
The many types of spas, from boutique to medical, offer different opportunities, and you should have a clear understanding of the type of spa that appeals to you and suits your personality. According to Zippa Careers, most spa managers in the United States are female (over 79%) but that still leaves opportunity for males. Most of them work for companies with over 500 employees. However, some spa managers are entrepreneurs, owning their own local spa. Spa management is also a international career; for someone good at languages, opportunities are available on every continent.
If you are ready to start or grow your career in spa management, contact Robin’s Resumes®. We provide resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and career marketing packages that make employers take notice.