If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, there is nothing to stop you getting your dream job. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their life goals. Careers with Disabilities are here to support you along the way with our top 10 jobs for disabled people.
Disabilities are hugely varied. One of the main distinctions is whether your disability affects you physically or mentally. Sometimes if you have a disability there may be certain roles that you are unable to enter. For example, if you are blind or partially sighted you will not be able to enter a profession where adequate levels of sight are required by law, such as an airplane pilot. However, in most circumstances your disability should not disadvantage you when looking to find employment. If you need support understanding your rights as a disabled worker, visit our guide here.
Careers with Disabilities have created this blog to give you an idea of some jobs that may be well suited to disabled people. This list is by no means exhaustive or should limit you in applying for your dream role, it simply some examples for you to consider.
Accountants examine and analyse financial records, such as tax returns. Most of your time will be spent at a desk using a computer. This means this role is perfectly suited to people with physical disabilities who may prefer a position that does not require moving around too much.
Teachers support the education of children and young people. This role will give you the freedom to spend time educating others on a subject of interest to you, such as Maths, Art or Science. To excel as a teacher, you will need passion for your subject and the confidence to speak in front of a class.
3. Author or Writer
Many authors have the freedom of working from home. This can be a great option for people with disabilities that may feel more comfortable being in their own space.
4. Software Developer
A career as a software developer could be the perfect fit if you have an interest in the IT sector. The development of assistive technologies means that your ability to use a computer should not be limited by your disability.
5. Graphic Designer
Graphic designers design, format, and develop materials for organisations. If you are creative with a passion for design, then this could be an ideal role. Many graphic designers have the freedom to work from their own space, which may be their home or studio.
6. Gardener or Landscaper
If you are keen to work outdoors, then a career as a gardener or landscaper could be a great choice for you. This profession is excellent for people that struggle with stress or anxiety, with typically low requirements to interact with the public or strangers.
Whether you’re a guidance counsellor or a vocational counsellor, you can draw upon your own experiences to help others. This career is best suited to those who are comfortable interacting with others.
A filmmaker is responsible for producing, leading and developing movie productions. People with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, often have a heightened ability to distinguish different faces and objects from one another while also visualizing how various elements can come together into a single image.
The electrical trade is often a good option for people with mental health conditions. It is physical in nature but it is also very interesting and can allow you to work alone or with only a few other people.
Whether you are creative or have excellent analytical abilities, a career in marketing could be right for you. Disabled people have the potential to offer a lot of useful insights to companies and other organisations that want their brands, products, and services to connect with people like you.
Careers with Disabilities are happy to advise you on career paths suitable to your disability. Get in touch today via our contact form, or visit the Disability Advice Hub for more information. If you are actively looking to find work, use our jobs board to find suitable jobs for disabled people.