Though the percentage of educated deaf individuals has increased, there are still open ends when it comes to hiring them. As per a recent study only 48% of deaf people are consistently working, as compared to 72% of hearing people.
What is the reason for such low rate of employment of deaf people? Are there no job roles for them?
Certainly there are!
There are many important, satisfying, and much-needed career opportunities for deaf individuals. Few careers actually require a person to have perfect hearing. For instance, healthcare jobs, copywriting, computer-based jobs etc., can all be performed without the ability to hear.
Let’s uncover 6 of those jobs that are in high demand, and thriving, today.
1. Event Planner
Traits: Efficient and chivalrous
Have you been in charge of organizing various events like birthdays, farewells and anniversaries for friends and family? Does the planning pump up your confidence?
Well, then, you are a sure-shot cut-out for a career in event organizing. Yes, we understand the challenges you’re worried about. But look around, even Madam Helen Keller led many campaigns. So, why not you?
Actually, there are numerous career opportunities for deaf people in the Event Planner field. For instance, National Deaf Children’s Society often looks for candidates like you!
Traits: Compassionate and problem-solver
Are you motivated to help others with similar hearing disabilities? Then, this career prospect is something to consider!
As an audiologist, you will be responsible for diagnosing, preventing, and treating hearing loss problems. Major parts of your work will involve sign language or lip-reading training, fitting and monitoring hearing aids and cochlear implants.
In this job, your skill to communicate with actions will be put to great use. The functional areas for this job role are typically audiology clinics, schools, hospitals, and other healthcare institutions.
3. Social Media Manager
Traits: Creative, deadline-oriented and leadership
Leading a team of novice social media executives and training them will be one part of your job. Apart from this, you will also be responsible for managing and maintaining ongoing social media content. Your expertise will show when you’ll create images, custom graphics/art, and videos for the promotion of your organization.
Your creative efforts will earn you – and your team – positive points required to meet ongoing (and ever-changing!) social trends. This high responsibility job may seem tough, but once you get on the social media track you will enjoy every day of it.
4. Day-care Provider for Hearing Impaired Children
Traits: Empathetic and patient
Leaving a child is daycare is especially difficult for parents of disabled children, particularly when their child is deaf or hard of hearing – or has some other form of disability, in general. For many reasons, “regular” daycare centers might not be able to meet the developmental needs of a child with special needs.
This is where your job role as a Day Care Provider for deaf, or hard of hearing, children becomes a colorful rainbow for deaf parents and their young ones. As you may have experienced similar problems and obstacles while learning to read and write and to socialize, who else can be better suited for this job than YOU?
If you adore kids and love imparting knowledge, this opportunity is your playfield. Do not overlook it.
5. Web Designer
Traits: Interpretive and proactive; artistic, UXL savvy and creative
If creating distinctive designs and layouts has always been your thing, then this career prospect should be on the top of your list.
Without needing to communicate much, you will be able to show your potential through your work. Your designs and programming will speak volumes of your knowledge!
Furthermore, this is one of those jobs you can take up without leaving the comfort of your home.
To get a role as a web designer, you need a deep understanding of programming codes and visual design. Other than this, you must pay close heed to user design and experience (UX), SEO, and be adept with software like Photoshop and Illustrator.
Traits: Innovative, creative, deadline-oriented
As the saying goes, “write what you know about.”
Wondering why we’re telling you this? Because every individual has a different and unique perspective of the world. And the writing world graciously welcomes those who know how to put forward their views and experiences clearly and politely.
It may surprise you but famous authors like Sara Novic, Marlee Matlin, Donald Harington – and many more – were deaf too.
Besides, without investing yourself in communication, writing offers you the peace to simply put your views into motion and get paid for it.
Isn’t that wonderful?
A Plethora of Opportunities
Other than the above-mentioned opportunities, you can also choose other fascinating career options, such as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
So get ready, get set, and GO! There’s no stopping you when it comes to garnering a career that you will love and that you will greatly contribute to.