Nearly 1 in 4 of adults living in the United States is considered to have a disability of some sort. It's likely someone you know, perhaps someone in your family, or even yourself, is disabled. Because disabilities are like people, in that they come in all shapes and sizes, the abilities of every person are unique. In fact, some people have gone years before discovering they even have a disability. Sometimes a disability might prevent a person from performing a job that is extremely laborious. Other times, it might prevent them from working a job where they would be required to see, or hear. However, as technology advances, people with disabilities are able to perform in jobs that might not have been available to them just decades before. A disability may not even limit the person in any capacity that impacts the job they work. Here are five careers that work well for people with disabilities.
1. Truck Driver
When you quickly think of someone who drives a big rig, an image of Sylvester Stallone or some other tough guy might come to mind. Truth is, people from different backgrounds and walks of life have taken up this profession. Having a truck driving job doesn't even mean you have to cross the country. Some truck drivers make it home to their families each evening. Depending on your needs, consider the wide range of transportation to find the best truck driving jobs to match your ability. For people with physical abilities, advancement in technologies has made self-transportation an accessible reality.
2. Teachers, Writers, and Customer Service
As the COVID-19 pandemic has proven, home and work are often one and the same. Over 5% of people in the United States work completely from home, and that number is expected to grow substantially by the end of the next decade. Working from home encompasses a wide range of careers, including teaching English to children or adults in foreign countries; freelance writing articles and blogs; and chat and phone customer service representatives. The only tools required for these jobs are an internet connection and a computer. For many of these jobs, people are able to choose their own hours, giving them flexibility for how they schedule their day to day lives. With grocery deliveries widely available now, people who prefer home never really have to leave it.
3. Music Production
For people with vision loss, it's not uncommon to have a heightened sense of hearing. This heightened sense of hearing often leads to an inclination for musical talent. There are many jobs for people with gifts in music, including playing an instrument themselves, or producing music in a studio for commercials, television, and movies. Sound mixing and editing is an industry that continues to see growth as the digital world expands.
4. Design, Drafting, and Architecture
Whether a disability is that you are unable to walk or unable to hear, if you are able to focus on a project for long periods of time, the design industry might be right for you. It can also allow you to specialize in an area for which you have passion, whether it's public buildings or designing homes for other people with disabilities.
Law is a great career for people with disabilities. Not only do people with disabilities have a need for representation in the courts, but it also helps to have someone who understands the nuance of the situation. Choosing to be a paralegal or even going as far as becoming a lawyer provides judges and other attorneys with a broader understanding of issues affecting people with disabilities. Advocacy is hard and important work.
The truth is, any job is great for a person with a disability. People regularly prove they are capable of going beyond the limitations society has set upon them. People with disabilities have gone on to become professional athletes, Grammy award-winning performers, famous actors, and even presidents of the United States. Disabilities should never be allowed to limit people any more than they define them. If you're looking for a career that fits your disability, you might be narrowing your search too much. The best thing you can do for yourself and your career is to find your passion and go with it.