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What Careers Are Restricted For Colorblind People?

Many people do not know they are colorblind till they decide to pursue their dream career, and at times that career path requires a color-vision test.

The result can come as a total shock! The whole livelihood of a person depends on passing the test.

List of Restricted Careers for Colorblind People

Professions: Pilot, medicine, industrial engineering, firefighting, doctor, navy, military, electrician, public driver, designer and law enforcement, police, artist, chef, florist and many more restrict or even ban colorblind people from some positions. But we can’t blame them, can we?!

In some cases, people feel they have been wrongly excluded from certain careers or jobs, so they fight back. They think color blindness does not affect their ability to perform important tasks, so they continue to pursue their dreams.

Restricted Careers for Colorblind People

Different Countries Have Different Laws, So Before You Give Up On Your Dream Job Directly Contact The Organization You Like To Work For.

When it comes to careers it can be a very broad spectrum, ranging from mixing paint to those that require a person to operate machinery, deal with color-coded wires, or read colored dashboards. So color vision deficiency can have a profound influence on a person’s choice of occupation.

Restricted Careers for Colorblind People

After all, doctors should be able to decree the right diagnosis for patients, designers should be able to create perfect color combinations for their clients, product analyzers must know the psychology behind each color, drivers must react to stoplights, and chefs should know if the food is fully cooked.

Many doctors are color blind, and it has not hindered them in their careers. I suppose there are some branches of medicine where acuity in color vision is required like histopathology or biochemistry but, by and large, color blindness should not deter you from the choice of most of the other specialties.

Generally, people hide their condition from employers and colleagues, even if it is not formally banned. Unless they 'have to pass the color vision test for certain careers.

List of Restricted Careers for Colorblind People

  • Pilot

  • Doctor

  • Firefighting

  • Navy

  • Military

  • Electrician

  • Public driver

  • Medicine

  • Law enforcement

  • Police Officer

  • Truck drivers

  • Medicine

  • Chef

  • Florist

  • Designer

  • Artist

  • Fashion

  • Graphic designer

  • Web designer

  • Interior designer

  • Painter

  • Engineers: There are multiple types of careers in engineering such as chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering where colored sight is needed. Defective color vision is a safety problem in the engineering industry.

Different Countries Have Different Laws, So Before You Give Up On Your Dream Job Directly Contact The Organization You Like To Work For.


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