Growth Trends for Related Jobs
Being deaf should not keep people from finding a satisfying career, as there are a growing number of jobs which don't rely on the need to hear. These jobs often revolve around work which can be done on a one-on-one basis, which allows for interesting careers in the writing, web design or teaching worlds.
Teaching in the Deaf Community
Beyond anything else, the one thing most hearing-impaired people are experts at is living with deafness and operating effectively in a hearing world. So a career teaching in the deaf community is one which can be very gratifying. These jobs can range from teaching sign language to hearing-impaired children in school to mentoring people of all ages on how to efficiently deal with deafness in their everyday lives. These teaching careers can be both lucrative, as sign language is now taught at major universities, as well as personally rewarding.
Data entry jobs require concentration and the ability to accurately enter data into a computer, based upon what is filled out in surveys or in some other written form. This is an excellent way for a hearing-impaired people to make a good living. Data entry requires sitting at a computer for long periods of time but has the benefit of often being a job which you can do on your own time and sometimes from home. These jobs are also readily available and relatively easy to find.
Without the need for audio, in most cases, when building, programming or designing websites, web design is a creative and lucrative job for the hearing-impaired which can often be done from the privacy and comfort of their own homes. One of the best ways to secure this kind of job is to design and program a portfolio of web pages on your own and then submit them to different companies that are looking for new, talented web designers. Make sure you are proficient in all the technical aspects of designing a website, like coding HTML, or talented in working with a web design program like Dreamweaver. This kind if skill is becoming more and more in demand, and there is no shortage of work out there for talented designers.
Freelance writing can be done from just about anywhere in the world, whether it's from within the comfort of your own home or in a high-rise office building. Good writing careers are dependent upon a person's individual skill as a writer and his unique perspective on the world. There are a number of freelance writing jobs available online, and they are growing in number as more and more content is needed for the Internet.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Daniel Westlake has written under pen names for a myriad of publications all over the nation, ranging from national magazines to local papers. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. but regularly travels around the country and abroad, exploring and experiencing everything he can.