CHOOSING A CAREER / JAN. 11, 2015
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5 Good Careers for the Physically Disabled

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the physically handicapped in the society is twice as high as compared to the unemployment rate for the able-bodied. Therefore, the urgency with which to eradicate unemployment in the economy has particular importance for job seekers with physical disabilities. Here is a list of good careers for the physically disabled to facilitate faster job placement.

1. Advocacy Groups and Associations

There are a few groups and associations that primarily exist to provide workplace advocacy for people with physical disabilities. Some of these groups work with the physically disabled to come up with work and internship opportunities for the disabled youth. Joining such associations also gives you the chance to work with employers from different organizations to ensure that they are making proper accommodations for their disabled employees.

2. Accounting

Although accounting firms may be the leading employer of accountants, there are large business institutions that also make a habit of having their own in-house accountants. An accountant’s job description includes processing and tracking payrolls, supervising capital investments, managing royalties, monitoring cash flows, and securing better profit margins. The physically disabled can focus on careers as self-employed consultants for particular types of institutions, such as pension and tax firms. This position also offers increased income allowances with relativity to educational accounting specialties.

3. Salesperson

A salesperson’s job is to communicate with potential customers for the purpose of selling a product or service. The sales pitch includes convincing the customer about how the product could meet real and perceived needs. Since satisfied customers always make the best salespeople, those with disabilities could find employment endorsing whatever adaptive technology they use. Furthermore, salespeople can either work in retail outlets, insurance offices or simply through phone from home.

4. Call Center Staffing 

Most people who work for call centers understand that they are continuously looking for high quality staff that can cater to both disabled and able-bodied customers. The physically disabled could easily find employment in government subsidized agencies that focus on employing a workforce with disabilities, such as the National Telecommuting Institute. Moreover, online employment boards have numerous customer service job opportunities that allow those with disabilities to work even from home. All you need is a telephone and computer to receive, relay or respond to complaints and inquiries from product customers.

5. Teacher

Instructors have the responsibility of helping people of different ages and abilities master new skills, while improving themselves intellectually. Teaching experience is mainly acquired through on-the-job training and educational specialties. Individuals who have overcome their disabilities could use their expertise to mentor and teach others with similar disabilities. Those who have become disabled much later in life and can no longer work may also mentor others in their previous professions. For example, athletes with permanent occupational injuries may still coach other athletes from different institutions. Likewise, firefighters disabled during their careers can still instruct and encourage others joining the profession.

Conclusion

Physically disabled individuals can still perform many of the jobs awarded to the able-bodied population. With strategic job selection and self-marketing, those with mobility, seeing and hearing impairments could even use their physical disabilities to acquire a competitive edge.

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