How Do I Become a Spa Attendant?

Lainie Petersen

The requirements to become a spa attendant vary by employer, but typically require the ability to perform a variety of maintenance, administrative, and customer service tasks. While spa attendants are typically not required to hold any type of licensure or have any special education credentials, you may be expected to have some office administration skills, particularly if you work for a small spa. You should also be in relatively good health, as you may be expected to engage in a significant amount of bending and lifting as you perform cleaning and maintenance activities. As you may have access to areas where spa clients have left their personal belongings, an employer may require you to submit to a criminal background check before you can become a spa attendant. Spas are places where customers expect relaxation and papering, so you should have a pleasant personality and be able to help clients and customers resolve problems in a friendly and discreet manner.

Some spas offer Botox® injections.
Some spas offer Botox® injections.

Spa services, such as massage and facials, are typically performed by professional aestheticians, massage therapists, and cosmetologists. Spa attendants, on the other hand, are often necessary to keep the spa running smoothly by scheduling client appointments, restocking supplies, and keeping all areas of the spa clean. While some spas may hire separate staff for managing the office and performing maintenance, others can’t afford to do this. If you have experience in both areas, it can be to your advantage when applying for jobs. The ability to spend a long time on your feet and lift heavy loads may also be required, so it is important that you are in good physical health. You may also find that some jobs are reserved for either men or women, as spas frequently offer separate accommodations for each sex and may want workers in each accommodation to be of the same gender as the clientele.

A sauna at a spa.
A sauna at a spa.

If you want to become a spa attendant but there are no jobs currently available in your area, you may want to look into jobs outside your area or even become a spa attendant on a cruise ship. You may also want to get work performing maintenance or cleaning duties in another type of business. These skills will typically transfer to the work of a spa attendant, particularly if you can get some training in sanitation and equipment maintenance. Another option is to pursue office or customer service jobs that provide you with the opportunity to work with basic office software, acquire strong telephone skills, and allow you to work directly with customers.

Spa attendants can find work on cruise ships.
Spa attendants can find work on cruise ships.

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