First off, let me just say that Deaf people can do anything they want as long as they are truly passionate about what they do. As long as you believe in yourself and have what it takes to be at where you want to be, you probably will make it. Whatever job it may be, just remember that there are many obstacles and challenges that you need to deal with on the road to success. It's great that we have ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) to protect our rights, but we still have a long way to go!
This is for people who are not ready to become one of the few deaf people to pursue any "risky" career. For example, some deaf people are studying to become a real estate agent, which is a huge risk they're willing to take. That is because they know the estate realty agencies may or may not accept deaf candidates for this job.
Here is a list of jobs that are safer for deaf people (non-risk-takers) in relation to services for deaf clients/customers:
1. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
2. Therapist (for deaf patients)
3. School Counselor
4. Teacher (of any subject) in Deaf Education
5. Employment Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
6. ASL Teacher (may be specifically for hearing students who want to learn ASL)
7. Customer Service Rep. for deaf customers (rarely but there are quite a few jobs out there)
9. Writer/Editor/Proofreader (you must have strong English skills)
10. Starting a business of your own (you have to create something unique and necessary for people's daily lives)
11. Deaf Services Manager
12. Human Services
Of course, these career possibilities may not be for everyone, but if you are talented and have a lot to offer, then you may want to consider your career options carefully. The best way to start is find something that fits your personality and your lifestyle. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is if you choose a specific career just based on your preference of income earnings. Otherwise, you will not be satisfied with your job choice.
One thing we know for sure is that jobs in the creative industries are very, very competitive. Even some deaf people are having a hard time finding graphic design jobs in these days. If you graduated with a degree in graphic design and can't find a job in this field, then starting the graphic design business may be the best option for you. The same can be said for fashion design, advertising, or any other creative jobs.
With this "deaf people can do anything except hear" mentality, I think many people are assuming that just because you have skills, you would have more chances of getting hired by any company. It's easier said than done. In actuality, the companies and employers do not think the same way as we, deaf people, do about us. For them, verbal communication is a must in order to get things done quickly, and they do not have time to write down the notes or to send a text message to deaf employees. That's why they are pushing potential deaf applicants over to low-paying jobs that doesn't require verbal communication. They, as always, underestimate our abilities.
Unless you are looking to earn extra income, retail jobs, especially backroom/stocking positions, aren't the best ones to choose from. Usually, they don't last any longer, and don't forget that it's a minimum wage. If you don't care as long as it's a job, then good luck to you!
Maybe, some people may not agree with what I just said, but these facts are in reality that we sometimes need to face. For some reasons, I think many people are afraid to admit the truth of what I've already wrote here. Well, that's why I'm here--to tell you the truth.
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